About Us

The Future of National Security

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is the world’s premier center for understanding future international competition and conflict.  We develop innovative, resource-informed defense concepts, promote public debate, and spur action to advance U.S. and allied interests.

Founded in 1983 as the Defense Budget Project, CSBA has long been a leading source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense, and defense budget data and analysis.

The heart of CSBA is its staff of uniquely qualified defense experts who conduct in-depth strategic and budgetary analyses. Experts include military veterans representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, with over 130 years of cumulative experience in joint military operations. The staff also includes a number of experts who have served in senior level policymaking positions within the Department of Defense, Department of State and the National Security Council.

CSBA experts and strategists bring the benefit of diverse backgrounds and experiences to our research. Our research methods include:

Analytic studies look 20–30 years forward and are informed by history. They frame security developments in a broader context of strategic competition and identify critical areas of competition, particularly with regards to technological development, as well as the competitive advantages and disadvantages of the United States and potential adversaries. They take into account bureaucratic considerations and their influence on policy.