Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Lamberth: https://www.flickr.com/photos/compacflt/9046776324/
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.

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 / 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.

Analysis / Acquisition, Budget, Strategy

Defense Modernization Plans Through the 2020s: Addressing the Bow Wave

This report details the plans for major acquisition programs over the next fifteen years and explores the complicating factors that may make the situation more problematic for policymakers. It analyzes a range of options to mitigate the bow wave, including increasing the budget, cutting additional force structure, and making trades among major acquisition programs.