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How Electric Vehicles Can Support the Grid Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a pdf. Many people recognize that electric vehicles benefit the environment, but fewer realize the electric grid can operate more efficiently with these cars. They are cheaper to maintain and oper ...
Moscow’s Competitive Strategy Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a .pdf Since at least 2005, Russia’s leadership has believed itself to be at war with the West. This war is not primarily one of kinetic combat though recent moves suggest that Moscow believes suc ...
Addressing NATO’s Near-Term Capability Gaps Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a PDF. For the first time in more than a generation, NATO must confront the possibility of major conventional conflict with Russia. This has completely overturned NATO’s defense strategy as well a ...
Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a PDF. The danger of a chemical or biological attack against the U.S. homeland is growing.  In the case of chemical threats, thousands of sites around the world manufacture precursors that could b ...
A Competitive Strategy To Counter Russian Aggression Against NATO The world has entered a new era of great power competition. The 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy declared After being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier century, great power competition returned. China and Russia began to reassert their influence regionally and globally. . . They are contesting our geopolitical advantages and trying to change the international order in their favor. Building off the concept of a renewed great power competition, the U.S. National Defense Strategy took a broad view of the necessary actions to ensure national security: A long-term strategic competition requires the seamless integration of multiple elements of national power—diplomacy, information, economics, finance, intelligence, law enforcement and military. More than any other nation, America can expand the competitive space, seizing the initiative to challenge our competitors where we possess advantages and they lack strength.
Cyber Threat Data Sharing Needs Refinement Technologies are being interconnected and integrated onto the nation’s electric grid to decrease weaknesses. However, these physical and computerized elements multiply the number of access points for cyber risks, making protection of the grid challenging. If done correctly, sharing cyber threat information eliminates the chances for one cyber threat or attack to affect multiple stakeholders.
Balancing Smart Grid Data and Consumer Privacy Technologies on the electric grid allow for two-way communication and the transfer of data between utilities and customers. Information from the grid enables customers to decrease electricity costs and boosts the reliability of the grid infrastructure. Such information also equips third-party providers with data to create new energy-saving products and services. When electricity infrastructure is damaged as a result of a physical attack or natural disaster, data allows for quicker response times, boosting the overall security of the grid.
California Aims To Incentivize Utilities To Adopt Third-Party Energy Resources EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to download the full study as PDF. California’s ambitious policy goals of reducing greenhouse emissions and increasing renewable resources could be assisted by third-party energy sources. Distributed energy resources are de ...
Better Serving Those Who Serve: Improving the Educational Opportunities of Military-Connected Students A shortage of high-quality educational options for military-connected families and students — from schools to programs within schools — often restricts educational opportunities, negatively impacts educational achievement, causes military families to make tough housing choices, inhibits quick assimilation into school communities, and can reduce a family’s satisfaction with a military career. The underlying causes driving the quality of educational experiences for military-connected children are largely consistent and cluster around four key areas: uneven ability to participate in available educational options; inconsistent content and achievement standards from state to state; limited support for military-connected students; and less effective state and school district policies to identify and support military-connected families and students.
Near-Term U.S. Army Modernization: Buying What Is Available and Buying Time Executive Summary Click here to download the full study as PDF. The U.S. Army is rapidly losing its competitive advantages in high-end combat. The ability to achieve tactical overmatch, that combination of superior systems, intelligence, combined arms ...
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