IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

In Small Wars Journal, Joseph J. Collins bemoans the U.S. lack of preparation for the covid-19 pandemic despite ample warnings. He also proposes steps for the future. He writes, "We can do much better in securing our nation, but only if we open the aperture of national security and see the future problem set in all of its dimensions."

The author discusses the likelihood that the Defense Department will have to make deep cuts and suggests that the State Department be put back in the lead regarding U.S. foreign policy. "Over the past few decades, America’s foreign policy has often led with the military. It would be wise in this time of adjustment to put the State Department back in the lead.  Diplomacy can help to dampen international competition, save money, and relieve stress on a Pentagon that will be under tremendous budget pressure."

"The Covid-19 Crisis and Future U.S. National Security" - Small Wars Journal


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