Drop Zone: Reconsidering Risk in National Security

International security is a high-stakes competition in which risk is a central and constant factor. The changes taking place across the broad competition-space are simultaneously shifting the characteristics of risk that each nation must face.  Dealing with risk appears to be increasingly dynamic and complex, leading to a growing sense that traditional approaches are decreasing in utility. As such, a reconsideration of the components and contours of modern national security risk and of the frameworks used to interpret and engage it is critical.

Next week OTH will be publishing its third podcast titled: The Evolving Character of Risk in the Emerging Security Environment. The topic of risk has been a central component of several concepts and discussions presented on this site and throughout the broader national security community. During OTH’s previous two podcasts (2nd Generation Military Design and Relating Gray Zone and Multi-Domain Operations), risk and how to approach it figured prominently within the discussions; but, clearly it still deserved more attention. So for this third episode we brought together a group of experts to focus exclusively on risk, how its characteristics are changing, and how it should be re-conceptualized and engaged.

In this conversation, Nathan Freier from the Army War College joins Tom Flounders, a prominent thinker and author of multiple articles on modern military risk, and Dr. Jeff Reilly of the Air Command and Staff College. Nate recently finished leading a study for the Strategic Studies Institute titled At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk in a Post Primacy World that informed much of the discussion. Enjoy episode three and be sure to contact us if you have suggestions for future topics you would like us to engage.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

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