Dispatches

Blog posts and other updates from Yorktown Institute President Seth Cropsey, our board of directors, and guest authors.

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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The Future of the Skies, Part II: The Rise of Loitering Munitions

As with the pikemen of Switzerland and the rifles of the American revolutionaries, preemptive, large-scale integration of novel technology often occurs first in those countries where necessity outweighs the pressure of tradition. Others innovate once conflict erupts and the strictures of peacetime wear thin. Russia has not faced the former …

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Soldier launching Switchblade 300

The Future of the Skies, Part I: The Switchblade Arrives in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine shows that the face of battle is changing in favor of small, less costly, and easily portable weapons that negate many of the advantages formerly held by large, complex, and expensive systems. The man-portable Javelin anti-tank missile is a good example. AeroVironment’s Switchblade is another. The …

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Foreign ministers shaking hands at conclusion of Negev Summit

The US Must Embrace the Promise of Negev

As the attention of the US remains fixed upon the war in Ukraine, a remarkable event took place over the past few days when Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hosted his counterparts from four Arab nations at Sde Boker, the home and final resting place of Israel’s founding father, David …

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Seth Cropsey

China is walking a ‘very slender path’ with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

“I think that if China wanted Russia to stop doing this and took action, that it would lead to what the Chinese do not want, and that is a rift between them and the Russians,” Cropsey said. “So I think the prospect of China throwing its weight against Russia for …

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