On January 23, 2020, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and his team participated in a roundtable with CSBA’s Board, Council, leadership and research staff on the current state of the U.S. Army, his priorities for the organization, and how the Army is integrating new technologies and operating concepts into the service. Following introductions and an opening presentation, Secretary McCarthy actively engaged with attendees on questions concerning the application of land power in the 21st century, Army people initiatives, and how he and his uniformed and civilian colleagues are contributing to the joint force.
The 2018 National Defense Strategy mandates increasing the capacity, lethality, and survivability of America's joint force in the threat environments of the 21st century. CSBA’s latest report assesses five critical priorities for the U.S. Air Force’s combat air force (CAF) in support of these objectives. The report recommends accelerated procurement of the F-35A, the B-21 stealth bomber, new unmanned systems, and weapons that would increase the CAF’s survivability and ability to operate over long ranges.
CSBA Counselor Eric Edelman joined leading experts as a panelist to discuss "Turmoil In the Middle East" at the Florida International University State of the World 2020 conference on global relations and U.S. foreign policy.
Participating in the release of CSBA’s latest major study, several CSBA scholars and outside experts offered new insights and analysis on the military implications of emerging sensor and communications technologies. CSBA Senior Fellow Bryan Clark, Senior Analyst Whitney Morgan McNamara, and Research Fellow Timothy A. Walton discussed how the growing sophistication of civilian and military electromagnetic spectrum capabilities has resulted in an increasingly congested and contested electromagnetic environment.
On Monday, November 4, CSBA hosted a seminar with LTG Charles D. Luckey, USAR, Chief of the Army Reserve and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, along with members of the OCAR staff and the Strategic Outreach Chief of the Army Futures Command, John T. Bolger III.
On Thursday, October 17, CSBA officially launched its inaugural series of seminars designed for Congressional staff members at its Washington Headquarters. The program featured an opening session for the 16 incoming CDSS Fellows hosted by former Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA), a member of CSBA’s Board of Directors, and attended by members of the CSBA team and outside guests. Following the reception, CSBA President and CEO Thomas G. Mahnken welcomed the fellows before engaging in a detailed and highly interactive examination of defense strategy and force planning led by Mahnken, together with CSBA Director of Research and Studies Evan Montgomery, and Daniel Chiu of the Institute for Defense Analyses. Upcoming sessions in the weekly series will cover topics ranging from operational concepts and investment considerations to emerging technologies and coalition strategies.