Economic Security

The Center’s economic security program explores the nexus between international financial, trade and technology flows and traditional U.S. national security policy concerns. The economic element of national power is the leveraging of a nation’s wealth to influence the behavior of others. The more the world’s economy becomes global, the more important and effective the use of economic power becomes in regards to National Security. Unlike the ideological conflicts that dominated the world throughout the entire 20th century, economic concerns now tend to dominate decisions and priorities.

A nation can choose a variety of methods in applying economic power. Liberal or restrictive trade policies can open up or deny markets to the other nations of the world. Restricting odious foreign organizations from raising money from US sources and forbidding US companies from doing business with state sponsors of terrorism are two currently used economic tools.

View from Japan: Consider national security in doing business with China

As the U.S.-China conflict escalates, Japanese business sector’s consciousness of national security is a matter of concern. Business opportunities in the huge Chinese market naturally cannot be ignored. But at the same time, unless Japanese businesses retain national security risks in mind, they could tread on American tiger tail.

State Department’s Russia obsession gives Muslim Brotherhood a free pass

In designating the Russian Imperial Movement as a “terrorist organization” without designating the Muslim Brotherhood, the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy has brushed aside all the objections raised over the years for blocking designation of the foreign-based Islamist terrorist support network.

DECISION BRIEF: Time to decide how Chinese Communist Party pays reparations for pandemic

Decision: Anticipating that the US will hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the Wuhan Virus pandemic, the US should next decide how to enforce that accountability. The Chinese Communist Party must immediately pay reparations for human and economic damages.

Fleitz holds national security discussion with Secretaries of Energy & Homeland Security

Center President Fred Fleitz held a wide-ranging national security discussion with Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.  The February 29 event took place at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Committee Conference (CPAC).