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6/13/17 | Blog
Two U.S. Lobbying Firms Push Discredited Information on Yemen Conflict

As Congress prepares for a vote today on a proposed sale of U.S. precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, there are growing concerns about Saudi-funded U.S. lobbying firms pushing faulty information about the Yemen conflict.

5/30/17 | Fact Sheets
FY 2018 Budget Breakdown: An Overview of Major Changes in U.S. Security Assistance Programs

The Trump administration's budget request for fiscal year 2018 presents significant cuts and policy changes to the State Department's international security assistance and peacekeeping operations. The information below compares Trump's budget blueprint with FY 2017 appropriations and identifies...

5/17/17 | Fact Sheets
Total U.S. Arms Sales Notifications Under the Trump Administration

U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump administration total over $30B.



8/14/17 | News
Hezbollah Sucks the U.S. Into Its Own War on ISIS
This piece discusses the Pentagon’s claims that it’s absolutely opposed to cooperation with terrorist-branded Hezbollah, but Hezbollah’s leader says the facts on the ground speak for themselves.
8/14/17 | News
With Mira Ricardel in place, it’s time to complete export control reforms
The blog discusses how the Senate’s confirmation of Mira Ricardel as Undersecretary of Commerce for Export Administration allows the Trump administration to work on completing much needed, and long overdue, export control reforms.
8/14/17 | News
The DoD is Turning Up the Heat on Al Qaeda in Yemen
The article states that a “small number” of U.S. military personnel are assisting thousands of Yemeni government troops in a major offensive to expel militants associated with the country’s Al Qaeda offshoot from their de-facto capital.

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08/23/17 | Event

CNAS experts Paul Scharre and Gregory Allen host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on artificial intelligence and global security. The subreddit r/artificial will moderate the AMA on Wednesday, August 23 at 12:30pm EDT. Submit questions and follow along on Reddit, or watch Paul and Greg answer...

09/11/17 | Event

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of 9/11, and three presidents have now wrestled with calibrating an effective American response to the threat of jihadist terrorism. Where does the terrorist threat stand today? How effective has the Trump administration been in confronting the...

09/15/17 | Event

The Stimson Center’s Japan Program is proud to present the 5th annual Voices from Japan symposium. General Kiyofumi Iwata (JGSDF, ret.), Admiral Tomohisa Takei (JMSDF, ret.), and Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka (JASDF, ret.) will discuss how Japan’s defense posture should evolve in the ever-changing...