Analysis / Reform

Crowdsourcing Defense Reform

This report is the result of a public survey on defense reform, undertaken with two primary goals. First, to garner a broad sense of public opinion on some of the key facets of the defense reform issues. Second, to test opinions against the old axiom that “where you stand depends on where you sit” by requiring respondents to answer several demographic questions.

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.

Analysis / Reform

Defense Reform Survey

Defense Reform Survey As interest in major reforms to the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act has grown, the CSIS International Security Program has decided to create a survey to gauge public opinion on the primary contemporary problems facing the defense establishment. The survey is now closed.   View the survey results

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.