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What it Takes to Win: Succeeding in 21st Century Battle Network Competitions

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.

Sustaining America’s Precision Strike Advantage

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.

Defense Reform Consensus

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.

Event: Trends in Air-to-Air Combat – Implications for Future Air Superiority

On Tuesday April 14 at 9:00 AM, CSBA's Dr. John Stillion will discuss his forthcoming study on trends in air-to-air combat at the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. The study concludes that advances in electronic sensors, communications technology, and guided weapons over the past few decades may have fundamentally transformed the nature of air combat. As a result, the utility of some attributes traditionally associated with fighter aircraft has decreased, while the utility of attributes not usually associated with fighter aircraft has increased. Dr. Stillion argues that due to these trends, it may be appropriate to cast a much wider net in the development of future air combat operational concepts, sensors, weapons, and platforms, and examine radical departures from traditional fighter concepts.

Toward a Third Offset Strategy—Exploiting U.S. Long-Term Advantages to Restore U.S. Global Power Projection Capability

The U.S. military needs to “offset” the investments that adversaries are making in anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities—particularly their expanding missile inventories—by leveraging U.S. advantages in unmanned systems and automation, extended-range and low-observable air operations, undersea warfare, and complex system engineering and integration. Doing so would allow the United States to maintain its ability to project power, albeit in novel forms, despite the possession of A2/AD capabilities by hostile forces. This is the central argument of a new CSBA report by Senior Fellow Robert Martinage, Toward a Third Offset Strategy—Exploiting U.S. Long-Term Advantages to Restore U.S. Global Power Projection Capability.