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Esper Unveils New Details for Bigger Navy, Plans Major Shipbuilding Investment

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today said he has laid out a "credible path" for a new Navy of more than 500 manned and unmanned ships to deter China in the future, necessitating significant new investments in shipbuilding from funds "harvested" elsewhere in the Pentagon. Esper, who spoke at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said "Battle Force 2045" would position the Navy to grow to more than 355 traditional combat force ships by 2035, officially punting a key campaign...

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CSBA Announces 2020 Congressional Defense Seminar Series

CSBA has launched the second season of its annual Congressional Defense Seminar Series. This acclaimed and highly selective program will bring together professional staff members from Congress for an evening series of topical seminars that aims to provide staffers with the tools to master the conceptual foundations of defense policy as well as the intricacies of contemporary national security processes. The forum comprises six weekly sessions beginning in October 2020 and will feature senior CSBA scholars and outside experts on national security policy.

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CSBA Releases Which Way the Dragon? New Study Assesses Alternative Paths for China and the Indo-Pacific Region

Washington, DC, August 15, 2020 – Given the rapid pace of change in Asia during the last 20 years, assessing China’s longer-term trajectory represents a huge challenge for allied security planners.  Despite the geostrategic disruptions of the 21st century thus far, Western policymakers continue to rely upon the same periodic defense assessment principles that were practiced during the relatively stable Cold War period.  The policies that result must frequently be revised, often at great cost, in the face of frequent economic, political, and technological upheavals in Asia.

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CSBA Bolsters Its Research and Publications Team

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) has added three new members to its professional staff, enhancing its analytical and editorial capabilities while underscoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion across its professional ranks.