Our Mission

Future Concepts and Capabilities. Grand Strategy in an Era of Great Power Competition. Budget and Resources.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is the world’s premier center for understanding future international competition and conflict.  

Our mission is to develop innovative, resource-informed defense concepts, promote public debate, and spur action to advance U.S. and allied interests.

Our vision is to set the terms of debate for the future of national defense and drive change in concept development, force structure, and resources to prepare the US and its allies to compete and win in an era characterized by great power competition and conflict.

CSBA is proud to share its values ensures the team achieves its mission and lives its vision:  Independence. Objectivity. Integrity. Innovation. Expertise. Quality.


CSBA provides timely, impartial and insightful analyses to senior decision makers in the executive and legislative branches, as well as to the media and the broader national security establishment. CSBA encourages thoughtful participation in the development of national security strategy and policy, and in the allocation of scarce human and capital resources. CSBA’s analysis and outreach focus on key questions related to existing and emerging threats to US national security. Meeting these challenges will require transforming the national security establishment, and we are devoted to helping achieve this end.