Author Archive

Sam Brannen

Sam Brannen is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former policy practitioner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Gap Between Supply and Demand for Spy Planes Just Got Bigger

President Obama’s foreign policy speech is asking the Pentagon’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planners to do more with less. By Sam Brannen


The Return of Coercive Diplomacy

It is said "the power to hurt is bargaining power." But can the lesson of Obama and Syria be felt in North Korea and Iran? By Sam Brannen


Building a Better Soldier-Diplomat

As defense budgets draw down and our objective is increasingly to avoid conflict, we can do better with our military diplomacy. By Sam Brannen