Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters land on the flight deck of the amphibious docking ship USS Shreveport (LPD 12) during night operations in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 29, 2006. Shreveport is conducting a component unit exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. DoD photo by Seaman Recruit Chad R. Erdmann, U.S. Navy. (Released)
Analysis / Forces

U.S. Military Forces in FY 2017

It is clear that threats are growing and forces need to grow to meet them. Any further cuts are over and forces will increase assuming budget deals avoid sequestration. This report reviews force structure for each military service and identifies three themes about the forces this year.

Weathering The Storm
Opinion / Forces, Reform

Weathering the Storm

The United States has never grappled with the degree of civil-military dysfunction that many other nations have faced. The threat of a military coup has never been a significant concern. Yet civil-military friction is intrinsic in the compromise between the nation’s republican nature, which insists on civilian control and military subordination, and the existence of a standing federal military force.

Analysis / Acquisition, Budget, Forces, Strategy

Defense Outlook 2016: What to Know, What to Expect

This inaugural report in the Defense Outlook Series looks back at what happened in 2015, specifically with respect to strategy and the security environment, the debate in Congress over the defense budget and force structure, and changes in the acquisition system, and looks ahead to what these developments may mean in 2016 and beyond.