On July 28th the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Booz Allen Hamilton co-hosted the first Directed Energy Summit, which brought together senior leaders from Congress, the Department of Defense, and industry to discuss the need to initiate new DE weapons programs. The Summit was covered extensively in the August 17–30 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology in a five-article feature highlighting the event's major takeaways as well as speaker revelations on DE technologies including laser, railgun, and microwave weapons.
Please join Booz Allen and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) at the Directed Energy Summit to explore new issues and solutions related to fielding directed energy (DE) and related capabilities. The Summit will address emerging threats and identify new advantages for warfighters.
Since the Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted in 2011, the cost of nuclear forces has received considerable attention because nearly every component of the triad is due for modernization. To execute these programs as currently planned, the Department of Defense (DoD) will need to increase funding for U.S. nuclear forces well above recent levels, creating additional pressure on an already-strained defense budget. This has led some to conclude that nuclear forces are "unaffordable."
Success or failure in war is often measured in terms of territory gained and losses imposed on the enemy. These metrics, however, may not reflect what is really most useful in winning a war or a military competition. Our research shows that it is often more cost effective to impose delay, disruptions and inefficiency on adversary battle networks than to adopt traditional attrition warfare metrics.
The U.S. military has enjoyed an enormous advantage in precision strike over the past 25 years. The success of America’s precision strike operations has not gone unnoticed, however. Potential enemies have invested in active and passive defenses that could force the U.S. military to fly more strike sorties and expend larger numbers of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) in future wars.
On April 29, ten CSBA experts joined dozens of others from a bipartisan group of think tanks in calling for reforms to the Department of Defense. CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies invite you to join us for an upcoming discussion of these reforms. On Thursday, May 14th, a panel of experts will discuss the Defense Reform Consensus’ proposals: base closures, changes to the DoD civilian workforce, and military compensation reform.