Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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For almost three decades, CSBA has been a reliable source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense.

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Strategy & Policy

Today, the United States confronts a number of challenges to its national security: the rise of China, a revisionist Russia, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and disruption, and the spread of Islamic extremism.


Budget & Resources

CSBA plays an essential role in facilitating a more informed debate on defense budgeting and resourcing.


Future Warfare & Concepts

CSBA specializes in thinking about the future of warfare. As President Dwight Eisenhower observed, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”


Forces & Capabilities

Sound force planning identifies, develops and fields forces and capabilities best aligned to support a given strategy.


About Us

The heart of CSBA is our staff of uniquely qualified defense experts who conduct in-depth strategic and budgetary analyses.

About CSBA

The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is an independent, nonprofit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy, defense planning and military investment options for the 21st century. Founded in 1983, CSBA has long been a leading source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense and defense budget data and analysis.


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2016 – Developing Alternative Defense Strategies

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) has joined with teams of experts from four other prominent think tanks – American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Cato Institute, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) - to offer alternative defense strategies for the United States.

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