The threat of nuclear attack by a great power or a rogue state is a major reason why every U.S. administration since the end of the Cold War has validated the need to maintain a safe, secure, and credible nuclear triad. Russia maintains a large stockpile of nuclear warheads and continues to adhere to military doctrine that indicates it might be willing to use nuclear weapons to coerce the United States and its allies in a crisis. Both Russia and China are funding multiple programs to modernize their nuclear arsenals, and the proliferation of advanced military technologies has allowed North Korea to fast-track its nuclear weapons development program.
For almost three decades, CSBA has been a reliable source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense. Its non-partisan strategic and budgetary assessments have earned it the respect and trust of military leaders, policymakers across administrations, Congress, the media, and the general public. CSBA’s research on the most pressing issues in US national security continues to shape the defense agenda.
CSBA employs a variety of tools in its research, including historical case studies, scenarios, and seminar-style planning exercises and wargames to anticipate emerging security challenges and develop strategic, operational and capability options. In particular, CSBA employs net assessment, a strategic planning methodology developed by Andrew W. Marshall for the Department of Defense, to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of opponents and identify sources of proximate and enduring competitive advantage.
CSBA’s research focuses on four main areas: