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Mapping Florida’s Resilience Through a National Security Lens

Florida has more than 20 national security facilities with critical missions for national security. Home to U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), as well as many others, any disruption in operations can have a truly global impact. As such, its important to understand the resilience measures happening across the state. This report examines climate resilience efforts underway in five key Florida regions: Cape Canaveral/Space Coast; Jacksonville; Miami/Doral/South Florida; Pensacola/Emerald Coast; and Tampa. Read more...

Briefing Note – U.S. Trade and Investment Toolkit

In 2023, agreements such as the Atlantic Declaration promised new “technology protection toolkits” to curb China’s ability to obtain and leverage emerging technologies. Here are some of the tools the U.S. is using to prevent Chinese technology transfer. Read more...

Perspective – Insights and Opportunities for the U.S. Department of Defense Zero-Emissions Vehicle Fleet Transition

The Biden Administration’s Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” and Executive Order 14057, “Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability,” directed the Department of Defense (DoD) and the service branches to develop plans and strategies for transitioning fossil fuel-based internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle fleets to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). ASP created this report to educate and inform policymakers and key stakeholders about the objectives, challenges, and opportunities which exist as DoD’s continues its enterprise-wide fleet transition. Read more...

Perspective – Code War: How China’s AI Ambitions Threaten U.S. National Security

China's aggressive pursuit of artificial intelligence (AI) harkens a future where bytes and algorithms challenge traditional battlefield superiority. If the U.S. government does not set guardrails now, American firms pursuing lucrative Chinese markets may vanguard the Chinese Communist Party's transition to fifth-generation warfare.Read more...

White Paper – Combating Military Obesity: Stigma’s Persistent Impact on Operational Readiness

Amidst an escalating military recruiting crisis, pre-accession weight loss programs are helping meet enlistment goals. Rapid and sustained recurrence of obesity across all services, ranks, and positions is now a dire threat to operational readiness, especially for at-risk populations and those in critical combat roles. ASP's new white paper evaluates the role of stigma and science in combating military obesity. Read more...

Perspective – Enabling Factors for Achieving U.S. Army Microgrid Goals

The U.S. Army has more than 130 installations worldwide and has a stated goal of operating a microgrid on all Army installations by 2035. With only 25 microgrid projects scoped and planned through 2024, the speed and intensity of microgrid research, deployment, and funding are critical for achieving microgrid goals and energy resilience. To better understand the nature of the microgrid requirement, ASP explored existing guidance, key research challenges, and other enabling factors which impact the Army's ability to achieve its microgrid goals. Read more...

Briefing Note – Florida’s Wildfire Management

Wildfires are an important part of forest regeneration in Florida, but they are also a destructive and sometimes deadly force. As the state’s population grows, climate change intensifies, and land becomes more developed, wildfires will have a greater impact on Florida’s economy, residents, and infrastructure, including military bases.Read more...

Perspective – Innovating Out of the Climate Crisis: Reflections and Recommendations for the Clean Energy Transition

Climate and energy security remain at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Both the National Security Strategy (NSS) and National Defense Strategy (NDS) firmly establish energy resilience as key components of U.S. national security. Congress has also passed key pieces of legislation which sent important signals to public institutions and private industry to pivot away from fossil fuels to create a new domestic clean energy system. To better understand the dynamics of the clean energy transition and their relationship to energy security and national security, ASP developed the Innovating Out of the Climate Crisis series, which focused on five industry case studies in the energy ecosystem: electrification, hydrogen, carbon emissions, agricultural technology, and hard to abate energy sectors. Through a series of webinars and written publications, ASP identified challenges, opportunities, and potential policy and regulatory remedies that can help implement clean energy policies, foster innovation, and facilitate a robust clean energy transition.Read more...

Briefing Note – Innovating Out of the Climate Crisis: Hard to Abate Sectors

Hard to abate sectors, including steel, cement, and chemical manufacturing account for approximately 30 percent of global carbon emissions. These heavy industries have immense heat and energy requirements and generate emissions from chemical reactions inherent in their manufacturing processes, making them notoriously difficult to decarbonize. But, with demand for these industries projected to grow in the coming decades, it is essential to find new approaches to cutting emissions from these industries.Read more...

Briefing Note – The Military Recruiting Crisis: Obesity’s Impact on the Shortfall

The U.S. military is having trouble recruiting enough Americans as fewer remain eligible for military service. The single biggest reason for disqualification is overweight and obesity. This briefing note offers a summary of the ways in which obesity affects military recruiting and presents a recommendations on how it can be addressed.Read more...