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Analysis / Reform

Limiting Size of NSC Staff

Growing in both its staff size and its role in national security decisionmaking, the NSC has assumed more of an operational role rather than focusing on strategic planning and interagency coordination. The NSC has been criticized for its overreach into operational and tactical details. However, as an entity under presidential purview, Congress’s ability to restrict the NSC is a constitutional issue. Due to these challenges and constraints, what is a possible way forward for NSC reform?

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Analysis / Reform

Creating OSD “Mission Teams”

Proposals for OSD “Mission Teams” is not new and it is not controversial. Rather it is a mark of good government. The disagreement comes from proposed legislative language. This report reviews congressional remarks and provides a recommendation for moving forward.

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Analysis / Forces, Strategy

Landing Together

This report provides an assessment of current and future U.S. amphibious capabilities and those of a select group of allies and partners. It further explores options to allow U.S. amphibious forces to leverage partner and allied capabilities for combined operations without sacrificing warfighting capabilities.

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.