The Potomac Institute’s think tank mission is carried out via its academic research centers. These centers aim to produce big, bold ideas for policy in their respective areas.
CENTER FOR EMERGING THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES (CETO)
CETO is an internal Marine Corps think tank dedicated to developing new concepts in direct support of the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration and the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. Its work includes future threat and adversary assessment that seeks to influence development of warfighting concepts, experimentation, and capabilities.
CENTER FOR ENTERPRISE, EXPLORATION, AND DEFENSE IN SPACE (CEEDS)
CEEDS identifies, assesses, and makes recommendations on policy issues related to the fundamental role of the government in space. It provides senior decision makers a better understanding of the complex policy options in this increasingly important sector.
CENTER FOR ADAPTATION AND INNOVATION (CAI)
CAI identifies and defines new and potentially disruptive defense capabilities. It was established in order to assist senior defense leaders grappling with the most demanding issues and problems posed by a complex and uncertain security environment.
CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY & PREPAREDNESS (CHPP)
The foundations of national security that served for over a century no longer meet the dynamic world environment. Asymmetrical threats, non-state actors, revolutions in technology, and emerging diseases demand innovative approaches and solutions. Health policies and technologies are universally impactful; national security relies on the ability to identify and counter the next unknown. CHPP exists to promote those solutions. Simply stated: Preparedness is a best practice.
CENTER FOR REVOLUTIONARY SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT (CReST)
CReST, the Institute’s futures group, identifies and studies areas of emerging S&T with disruptive potential, years or decades in advance of the technology’s maturation. The group engages with a range of thought leaders, from academics to science fiction authors, to think through the societal-level implications of the technology and lead policy discussions and ideation.
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES (ICTS)
ICTS educates policymakers and the public in general on the nature and intensity of the terrorism threat in the 21st century. It monitors current and future threats; develops response strategies; communicates with policymakers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations; and sponsors research programs to share findings nationally and internationally.
GLOBAL COMPETITION PROJECT (GCP)
The Global Competition Project (GCP) will commission a spectrum of experts from diverse fields to present insights as to the primary challenges/opportunities associated with societal level competition in the Information Age. We will start by conducting a by-invitation non-attribution seminar discussion with a headliner, then ask the experts to individually present their ideas to the forum.
VITAL INFRASTRUCURE, TECHNOLOGY, AND LOGISTICS (VITAL)
VITAL is dedicated to fostering and supporting comprehensive supply chain security as an integral part of all major U.S. industries. It assesses evolving strengths and weaknesses of critical infrastructure systems, technologies, and the supply chains they depend on; bridges the gap between commercial and defense security practices; and strengthens policy to ensure continued security of our nation.
CYBER READINESS INDEX (CRI)
CRI studies individual country’s preparedness levels for certain cybersecurity risks. CRI reports provide an actionable blueprint that enables a country to better understand its internet infrastructure dependencies and vulnerabilities and assess its commitment to closing the gap between its current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support its digital future.