Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch is the author of the book Lessons from the Edge

Lessons from the Edge with AMB (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch

On May 7, 2022, the National Defense University and National Defense University Foundation convened a McNair Colloquium that featured a moderated discussion with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch, author of Lessons from the Edge. The McNair Colloquia presented an opportunity for NDU faculty and students, and national security scholars and practitioners to engage and enrich the research and learning environment across the university. While this event was not open to the public, it demonstrated the dynamic and world-class academic and education experiences provided to the students enrolled at NDU.

An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt)

Were Drone Strikes Effective? Evaluating the Drone Campaign in Pakistan Through Captured al-Qaeda Documents

At a time when the United States seems likely to rely heavily on targeted killing as an instrument of counter-terrorism, scholars, policymakers, and other analysts remain divided over its utility. These disagreements have been especially pronounced in scholarship and commentary regarding the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan.

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón

Changes Coming to Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education

Change is coming to enlisted professional military education ensuring the new realities of strategic competition are addressed and emphasizing joint education, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said.

Program for Emerging Leaders

Registration Now Open for the 2022 Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL)

Applications for the 2022 Class of the Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) will be accepted through midnight on 1 March 2022. PEL aims to foster a community of rising U.S. government leaders with the knowledge and skillset to respond to the dangers of WMD.


Great Power Competition and Beijing's Olympic Moment

Despite unmistakable structural similarities in the geopolitical environment, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics that begin on February 4th will not become Berlin 1936. There will be no post-Olympic pause, no global goodwill bounce, and no thaw in Sino-American tensions after these Winter Olympic games because China does not aim for these outcomes.

“We Choose to Go to the Moon”: An Analysis of a Cold War Means-Developing Strategy

“We Choose to Go to the Moon”: An Analysis of a Cold War Means-Developing Strategy

Strategists often ask “With the means available right now, what end can we achieve?” However, in strategy design it can be more appropriate to ask, “What is the desired end, and what means are available to achieve it?” The answer to this question may be, “If this is the desired end, first this new capability has to be created.” This case study examines how Kennedy determined he could achieve his ends (beat the Soviets in the world competition) in a particular way (shape the world conversation) using means yet to be created (the moon landing).

Joint Force Quarterly 104

Joint Force Quarterly 104 (1st Quarter, January 2022)

Without Colin Powell's simple tasking to develop and implement a journal, JFQ would not exist. His vision has been our team’s guiding force.

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, right, delivered the keynote address at Cyber Beacon 2021, hosted by CIC Chancellor Dr. Cassandra Lewis.

National Cyber Director Unveils New Approach at Cyber War College Conference

At NDU's College of Information and Cyberspace 2021 Cyber Beacon Conference, the nation's first National Cyber Director, Chris Inglis, said his new office will "bring coherence, connectivity [and] leverage" to the country's cyberspaces and that transgressors will have to "beat all of us to beat one of us."