Analysis / Reform, Strategy

Getting to Less? The Innovation Superiority Strategy

Getting to Less Series

This is the second CSIS Brief in a series called Getting to Less, which explores different philosophies and motivations that could lead to a decreased emphasis on U.S. defense ends, ways, or means. In this brief, the authors discuss a strategy they have labeled the Innovation Superiority Strategy. The strategy is guided by a focus on achieving enduring American military advantage in the U.S.-China security competition. In orienting Department of Defense investments toward this goal, the strategy bets big on innovation efforts to create a favorable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The authors explore likely changes that such a strategy might entail. The brief concludes by exploring the risks and opportunities associated with the Innovation Superiority Strategy.

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Kathleen Hicks, Joseph P. Federici, Seamus P. Daniels, Rhys McCormick and Lindsey Sheppard, "Getting to Less? The Innovation Superiority Strategy," Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 23, 2020, last modified January 23, 2020,