About the Series
As the next administration prepares to govern, CSIS’s T45 series will provide insights and recommendations from our scholars on where change in U.S. defense strategy, forces, operations, and institutions would be most valuable to the nation.
On January 20th 2017, the United States will inaugurate its 45th president. After spending the past two years navigating a challenging primary and general election field to win the presidency, Donald Trump must now spend the next four years helping Americans navigate the challenges they face at home and abroad. The task is daunting, and nowhere more so than in the field of national security. Change was an important theme of the Trump-Pence campaign – What changes might a President Trump seek to bring to national security and defense?
Although the United States has by any measure the world’s best military, others are catching up in key areas. Our institutions and processes are sometimes painfully slow to adapt and the cost of building, maintaining, and using our own forces is high. Change is needed. But as every reformer knows, change can build value or destroy value. The trick is knowing which changes to pursue and how.
President-elect Trump’s December 22 nuclear tweet sent shockwaves through the nuclear policy community. The reaction makes one thing abundantly clear: For the benefit of allies, adversaries, and the American people, ... Read more
America’s next war will be won or lost first in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS). It is the invisible, essential, and physical foundation of every battlefield—it unifies all the warfighting domains: ... Read more
The opportunity is ripe for a “less is more” mandate with a business-minded President-elect Trump and bureaucratic-averse Defense Secretary nominee who can reduce or eliminate burdensome administrative and training requirements ... Read more
Great power competition has returned. Actions by China and Russia to assert spheres of influence by undermining, weakening, or outright invading their neighbors will be a central challenge for ... Read more