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National Security Academy

The National Security Academy is the flagship initiative of the Third Way National Security Program. The Academy seeks to explain complex security questions in an engaging, easy-to-understand way in order to help policymakers better understand the challenges and threats facing America today.

The Politics of National Security

The Politics of National Security The Politics of National Security
Wondering what the public is thinking on national security issues? This memo breaks down the latest round-up of public opinion polling on a wide range of national security issues.

How to Talk About National Security How to Talk About National Security
This memo gives you the top-line message on national security and the one or two key points to make on major issues.

National Security Focus Group Report National Security Focus Group Report
This report lays out our focus group findings and makes recommendations for Democrats on overcoming negative party stereotype that Democrats are weak on security.

Terrorism and al Qaeda

America’s Goldilocks Moment in the Fight Against al Qaeda America’s Goldilocks Moment
After over ten years of war and the death of Osama bin Laden, Americans are asking: “Where are we in the war against al Qaeda?” The answer: this is our Goldilocks Moment.

Global Terrorism Fighting Global Terrorism
In this digest, we lay out the key terrorist groups that you should know, who sponsors them, and which countries have such a bad relationship with the U.S., we don’t have embassies there.

International Terrorist Groups International Terrorist Groups
This chart highlights six major organizations that have attacked U.S. interests and citizens in order to provide context to the challenges that America faces today from international terror groups.

Military Strategy and the Defense Budget

Explaining the Pentagon’s New Defense Strategy Explaining the Pentagon’s New Defense Strategy
The President’s new Defense Strategy Directive, released earlier this year, is long and technical—but it is vitally important. This digest offers the basic information you need to know, along with ideas for “making the case” to constituents and others.

Defense Spending: Lose the Mechanism, Take the Cuts Defense Spending: Lose the Mechanism, Take the Cuts
Despite all the hand-wringing over the defense cuts in sequestration, it’s the arbitrary mechanism of sequestration, not the cuts in spending, that’s the problem.

Fuel Costs Squeeze Defense Budget Fuel Costs Squeeze Defense Budget
The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of liquid fuels in the world, and its fuel costs are rising at an alarming rate. Fuel efficiency is and must continue to be a national security priority.

Rising DOD Health Care Costs Threaten National Security Rising DOD Health Care Costs Threaten National Security
“Eating the Defense Department alive.” That’s how one former Secretary of Defense described rising military health care costs. Left unchecked, increasing TRICARE costs will harm our national security, but minor cost-controls now can help prevent a budget disaster in the future.