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Rethinking Armageddon Planning Scenarios For The Second Nuclear Age

Please join Dr. Andrew Krepinevich and Jacob Cohn for a scenario-based assessment of the competitive dynamics of the Second Nuclear Age. The assessment explores, among other things, the implications for extended deterrence, crisis stability, missile defense, prompt conventional global strike, growing multipolar or “n-player competitions, and planning assumptions as they have been influenced by advances in the cognitive sciences, to include prospect theory.

Directed Energy Summit Featured in Aviation Week

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.

Directed Energy Summit

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.

The Cost of U.S. Nuclear Forces: From BCA to Bow Wave and Beyond

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."

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.