McCain Institute National Security Mission
The McCain Institute’s National Security program area builds on many of the Institute’s core priorities, which include a commitment to sound, data-driven decision-making; investing in the next generation of leaders; and assuring that the United States maintains its commitment to a strong, smart national defense.
Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership
As part of its commitment to character-driven leadership and decision-making, the McCain Institute has established the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership. The project will promote effective procedures for defense industry management and procurement practices. In addition, the Institute will host an ongoing series of workshops and roundtables to better prepare a new generation of defense acquisitions managers.
The Afghanistan Project
The McCain Institute has launched the Afghanistan Project with the goal of presenting a more objective, data-driven view of the successes and failures of the United States’ engagement in Afghanistan. The Institute believes that current arguments about the Afghan war are too narrow in scope, and too strongly shaped by the personal biases of influential commentators. By looking beyond the confines of decision-making in Kabul and Washington, and incorporating a broad range of individual experiences from military and civilian personnel who have served in Afghanistan, the project aims to build a large data sample that will provide a rich resource on the conflict. Using the Institute’s Decision Theater, the project will use the collected data to present a more nuanced and balanced view of the war in Afghanistan.
The Afghan project survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z5V2QWQ
The Institute is collaborating on a unique partnership with the Arizona State University Business School to provide an innovative academic and practical resource training for the professional development of defense industry management leaders.