Support to Department of Defense, Combatant Commands, and Military Service Leadership

Last updated June 15, 2010

Each year, as part of an ongoing project for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Institute provides detailed policy reports and organizes high-level workshops on critical issues of national security for DoD, Combatant Command (COCOM), and military service leaderships. These reports and meetings examine a broad range of emerging and over-the-horizon security challenges, exploring their implications for U.S. and allied defense planning, military operations, and acquisition decision-making.  Key topics analyzed include the risks posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), deterrence requirements for the twenty-first century, the rise of non-traditional threats (such as large-scale disasters, cyber-attacks, and piracy), new patterns of terrorism, the emergence of new regional powers, and the security of critical resource supplies. Recommendations are made with respect to U.S.-alliance relations and global partnerships, homeland security priorities, defense reorganization and transformation, and the procurement of new weapons systems and military technologies. Particular attention is given to the need for an interagency, whole-of-government approach in dealing with contemporary national and international security problems.

Recent efforts have included the following:

Focus reports

  • Pakistan, Nuclear Weapons, and Regional Stability in South Asia, May 2009
  • Realigning Priorities: The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Future of Extended Deterrence, April 2009
  • NATO’s Strategic Relevance and U.S. European Command Planning, March 2008
  • Iran’s Nuclear Potential: Implications  for U.S. Strategic and Operational Planning, February 2008
  • Radical Islamist Ideologies and the Long War: Implications for U.S. Strategic Planning and U.S. Central Command Operations, January 2007

Workshops and conferences

  • Preventing A Nuclear Iran: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities, October 19, 2010, Washington, D.C., an IFPA-DTRA workshop
  • Responding to a Nuclear Event Outside the United States: Synchronizing Department of Defense, Combatant Command, and Interagency Roles, Missions, and Capabilities, September 29, 2010, Washington, D.C., in support of the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking, September 28–29, 2009, organized in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in support of NATO’s deputy assistant secretary general for WMD policy
  • The Air Force’s Nuclear Mission and the Future of Deterrence Planning, June 11, 2009, in support of the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff
  • Recalibrating Security Force Assistance as a Critical Component of Irregular Warfare, November 20, 2008, in support of the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • NATO’s Relevance and EUCOM’s Priorities in Dealing with a Rising Russia, July 30, 2008, in support of Commander, U.S. European Command
  • A New Maritime Strategy for 21st-Century National Security, September 26–27, 2007, in support of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations