Dispatches

Blog posts and other updates from Yorktown’s leadership, staff, and guest authors.

USS Yorktown at sea

Defense and Inflation: From Roosevelt to 2023

The world is entering a year of increased defense spending as countries prepare their armed forces for spontaneous threats while developing long-term military doctrines that respond to new technologies and shifting alliances. Washington will need to develop a sustainable model for reinforcing its defenses in a domestic and international environment …

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Ieva Ilves

The View from the Baltics: A Conversation with Ieva Ilves, Former First Lady of Estonia

  Ieva Ilves is a cybersecurity expert and diplomat who currently serves as a digital policy advisor to Latvian President Egils Levits. She was the First Lady of Estonia during the presidency of her husband, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who served until 2016. A native of Latvia, she served as the …

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Brezhnev Portrait

Purposeless Polls: How Soviet Citizens Rebelled Against a Regime that Rejected Open Communication

Leonid Brezhnev was no Joseph Stalin when it came to his ascendancy to power. Far less authoritative and more furtive in his gradual promotion of subordinates that had previously served under his rule, Brezhnev was regarded as a distant figure by the citizens of the Soviet Union. And while he …

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The Final Struggle

The Real Meaning of Great Power Competition

Both sides of the aisle in Washington agree that the United States is in a momentous era of great power competition against China. This consensus has overshadowed recent developments, including Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and Beijing’s subsequent military exercises, the signing of the Chips and Science Act, and the …

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China Rehearsing to Strangle Taiwan

Yorktown Senior Fellow Grant Newsham appeared on NTD to examine the lessons learned from China’s recent military exercises concerning their capability to undertake a cross-strait invasion of Taiwan.  

How a Chinese Attack on Taiwan Would Hit the US

Yorktown Senior Fellow Grant Newsham explains why Putin’s experience in Ukraine might convince President Xi that an invasion of Taiwan is worth the risk and what the ramifications of such an act would be for security and stability across the globe.  

uvision unveils its hero multi-canister launcher mcl for us marine corps

The Future of the Skies, Part III: Marines Lead the Way

For all of the advantages that loitering munitions (LMs) offer the US and near-peer states, their true threat may lie in the remarkable ease of their proliferation. Like chemical and biological weapons, LMs are made out of publicly available materials and processes that do not require a traditional industrial base, …

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