US Security Strategy, US Military Spending and Defense Budgets, US Force Plans, and the QDR
September 24, 2013
Recent Research and Policy Studies
The Burke Chair sections on Afghanistan, the Gulf, China, northeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean area report on current trends and challenges in key mission areas. The following reports address the overall trends in US Security Strategy, US Military Spending and Defense Budgets, US Force Plans, and the QDR
- The FY2015 Defense Budget and the QDR: Key Trends and Data Points, 5/11/2014: A summary overview of the strengths and weaknesses, and key trends, in the 2014 QDR and President Obama’s FY2015 defense budget request.
- The FY2015 US Defense Budget, the New Quadrennial Defense Review and the U.S. Commitment to the Middle East and Asia, March 6, 2004. Examines the depth of the US strategic commitment to the Middle East and the Gulf, and the fact it is given the same priority as rebalancing forces to Asia.
- Going Hollow: The Hagel Preview of the FY2015 Defense Budget, 2/24/2014. Addresses the failure of US statements on strategy to address the substance of programming and real world strategic, programming, and budgeting requirements.
- Tracking the Defense Budget: US Defense Budget Cuts, Sequestration, the FY2014 Budget, and the FY2014-FY2022 Forecast, July 16, 2014. A detailed analysis of the overall trends in US strategy, force plans, programing, and budgeting as of the FY2014 cycle in US defense planning and budgeting.
- Cleansing the Poisoned Chalice? The Obama Administration and the Challenge of National Security Planning, Programming, and Budgeting, 3/19/2014: The need for major changes in the way the US currently manages defense planning, programming, and budgeting.
- The New US Strategy, the FY2013 Defense Budget, Sequestration, and the Growing Strategy-Reality Gap, December 19, 2012, A detailed analysis of the trends in US budgets, defense resources, and forces creating a growing gap between US strategy and the ability to implement it.
- U.S Strategy, Force Plans, and the FY2010 Defense Budget: The Questions Still to Be Answered, April 21, 2009. A review of the challenges the Obama Administration faced in coming to office.
- The Quadrennial Defense Review: the American Threat to the United States, February 24, 1997. An analysis of the critical weaknesses in the QDR progress and of why it does more damage than good to US strategy, programming and effective budgeting.
Book Length Studies
- The Search for Stability and the “Non-War” against “Non-Terrorism”
Sep 24, 2013
More than a decade into the “war on terrorism,” much of the political debate in the United States is still fixated on the legacy of 9/11. US politics has a partisan fixation on Benghazi, the Boston Marathon bombing, intelligence intercepts, and Guantanamo. Far too much attention still focuses on “terrorism” at a time the United States faces a much broader range of threats from the instability in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world.
Moreover, much of the US debate ignores the fact that the United States has not actually fought a “war on terrorism” over the last decade, as well as the US failures in using military force and civil aid in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has not fought wars as such, but rather became involved in exercises in armed nation building, where stability operations escalated into national building as a result of US occupation and where the failures in stability operations and nation building led to insurgencies that forced the United States into major counterinsurgency campaigns that had little to do with counterterrorism.
Publisher CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN 978-1-4422-2533-6 (pb); 978-1-4422-2534-3 (eBook)
Salvaging American Defense: The Challenge of Strategic Overstretch
Apr 30, 2007
From grassroots terrorism to the nuclear ambitions of hostile nations, the United States faces increasingly complex threats to its national security, and combating these threats continues to demand a reshaping of the nation's security structure, military forces, and defense expenditures. In this study, Anthony Cordesman offers a detailed analysis of critical challenges affecting U.S. national security and how failures in adapting to these challenges have exacerbated the strains on available resources. He systematically identifies the most glaring obstacles to successful national security planning and proposes constructive and practical ways to proceed in the future.
Cordesman focuses on 10 specific challenges addressed within the context of the Iraq War, Afghan War, War on Terrorism, and the risk of conflict over the Taiwan Strait. Out of the lessons drawn from these experiences, he examines the future of international coalitions, asymmetric warfare, nation building, and stability operations, and concludes that perhaps the most pressing area for change is the need for accountability among civilian and military policymakers.
Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. He is also a national security analyst for ABC News, a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and the BBC, and the author of more than 45 books on U.S. security policy, energy policy, and the Middle East. Paul S. Frederiksen and William D. Sullivan are researchers with the Burke Chair.
ISBN 978-0-89206-495-3 (pb)