How Much is Enough? Alternative Defense Strategies

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) convened groups of experts from The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), The Cato Institute, The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and CSBA to explore alternative defense strategies for a post-BCA world. CSBA asked the teams to answer three core questions without the burden of artificial constraints on defense spending:

What should American defense strategy be?

What capabilities, investments, and force structure might that strategy require?

What would such a military cost?

Their answers to these questions drive this report.