Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
For almost three decades, CSBA has been a reliable source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense.
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.
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CSBA plays an essential role in facilitating a more informed debate on defense budgeting and resourcing.
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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.
The Center for 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.
CSBA Report Release—Restoring American Seapower: A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy
The United States faces a very different set of security challenges than it has since the Cold War. Great power competitors such as China and Russia improved their military capabilities over the last two decades while America focused on Middle East insurgencies, and now appear willing to challenge the international order. They are likely to replace transnational terrorism in the near future as the primary concern of U.S. military planners. Gaining an advantage in great power competitions, deterring aggression, and reassuring allies will require changes to the ships, aircraft, weapons, sensors, basing, and readiness processes of U.S. naval forces, which essentially operated unopposed since the Berlin Wall fell. CSBA’s Restoring American Seapower: A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy explores those implications and proposes a new fleet construct for the U.S. Navy to pursue over the next two decades.