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Are U.S. Nuclear Forces Unaffordable?

June 23, 2015 • By and

Since the Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted in 2011, every area of the defense budget has come under increased scrutiny. The cost of nuclear forces in particular has received considerable attention…

War Like No Other: Maritime Competition in a Mature Precision-Strike Regime

April 13, 2015 • By

For over two decades, the U.S. military has enjoyed a near-monopoly in precision-guided munitions and their associated battle networks. Recently, however, the proliferation of these capabilities to other militaries and non-state entities…

Beyond Coast Artillery: Cross-Domain Denial and the Army

October 29, 2014 • By

Secretary Hagel recently made waves in Army circles by suggesting that the Army leverage its missile forces to resume the old mission of coastal defense. In this brief, CSBA Research…

Estimating the Cost of Operations Against ISIL

September 29, 2014 • By , , and

With the United States now engaged in military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), there are many questions regarding the cost, duration, and scope of…

The FY2015 Defense Budget: Balancing Strategy and Resources

March 3, 2014 • By

This backgrounder discusses the balance the FY15 defense budget attempts to find among compensation, force structure, modernization, and readiness, and compare the choices made in this budget to the Joint Think…