Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Travis Sharp is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and was previously the Bacevich Fellow. He is currently a Master’s candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and will begin Ph.D. studies in the fall. Prior to joining CNAS, he served as Military Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where he started as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow.
Mr. Sharp’s research focuses on U.S. defense policy, strategy, and spending. He has co-authored major CNAS reports on the defense budget, cyber security, and the National Guard and Reserve. His writing has appeared in International Affairs, Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, Parameters, Defense & Security Analysis, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Defense News, ForeignAffairs.com, ForeignPolicy.com, NationalInterest.org, and many others. His work has been included in the curricula at several public policy graduate schools and featured in academic textbooks about U.S. government. He has briefed senior government, military, and industry officials and has participated in official research trips to Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan.
Mr. Sharp holds a B.A. in Politics and U.S. History from the University of San Francisco.
In a policy brief, Adjunct Fellow Travis Sharp focuses on the implications of prioritizing technology over ground forces in the U.S. army as it relates to the 2015 Defense Budget and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.Read More
Travis Sharp writes in Placebo: The 2014 Defense Budget and DOD’s Credibility Challenges that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 defense budget is a placeholder and that the overall level of defense spending will decline significantly in the coming year and beyond. This, he argues, presents strategic, as well as operational, challenges for the United States, undermining the nation’s credibility by “over-promising and under-delivering on its global security ambitions.”Read More
The Center for a New American Security's National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election draws on the expertise of CNAS scholars to provide readers with a fact-based, non-ideological assessment of the critical national security issues that the next president must address. The guide, edited by Kay King, Senior Advisor and Director of External Relations, and Researcher Jacob Stokes, is intended to help American voters, global partners and other interested observers better understand the national security issues that are at stake in this election and that will impact the nation for decades to come.Read More
Maintaining the U.S. military’s global pre-eminence is vital to protecting American interests and promoting American values. However, the Pentagon still has not enacted the types of reforms that are necessary to sustain that pre-eminence into the future. In Sustainable Preeminence: Reforming the U.S. Military at a Time of Strategic Change, CNAS experts LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Dr. Nora Bensahel, Matthew Irvine and Travis Sharp argue that DOD should organize and operate America’s armed forces in new ways. Click here to read the transcript from the May 29 live web chat with the authors of Sustainable Pre-eminence.Read More
The Pentagon’s new strategic guidance and fiscal year 2013 budget request avoid major disruptions to current U.S. defense plans, but they make only a down payment on the defense budget cuts that may eventually be imposed through sequestration, argues Travis Sharp, CNAS Bacevich Fellow, in Down Payment: Defense Guidance, 2013 Defense Budget and the Risks of Sequestration.Read More
Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity, a report authored by CNAS experts LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Dr. Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp, outlines four budget cut scenarios and evaluates possible trade-offs among force structure, end strength, procurement and overhead.Read More
Despite productive efforts by the U.S. government and the private sector to strengthen cyber security, the increasing sophistication of cyber threats continues to outpace progress. To help U.S. policymakers address the growing danger of cyber insecurity, this two-volume report features accessible and insightful chapters on cyber security strategy, policy, and technology by some of the world’s leading experts on international relations, national security, and information technology.Read More
The fiscal year 2012 defense budget request is a break from the past ten years of budget growth, but it does not go far enough to rebalance defense spending priorities given the fiscal pressures and threats the United States faces, according to this policy brief. The Sacrifice Ahead: The 2012 Defense Budget recommends that the Department of Defense (DOD) pursue additional efficiencies savings and make modest reductions in its base budget to help shore up the U.S. economy, the core of America’s global and military power.Read More
This report argues that the United States must undertake a number of initiatives to ensure that the National Guard and Reserves remain an indispensable force capable of defending the American homeland and protecting U.S. security interests around the world.Read More
This policy brief provides an analysis of the FY 2011 defense budget request, places it in the context of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and historical budgetary trends, and outlines the uncertain budgetary future that looms ahead.Read More
On March 3, 2011, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a roundtable discussion to discuss the risks and rewards of smart grid technology and implications for U.S. policy, led by Director of Studies Dr. Kristin Lord and Fellow Christine Parthemore.Read More
On September 23, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will launch its new report on continuing challenges facing the National Guard and Reserves at an event featuring CNAS President Dr. John Nagl, former Chairman of the Commission on National Guard and Reserves Arnold Punaro, and several outside defense experts.Read More
A short piece in Foreign Policy discusses adjunct fellow Travis Sharp's new brief he wrote on the FY 2015 budget and 2014 QDR.Read More
CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp is interviewed by PBS about the report An Indispensable Force: Investing in America’s National Guard and Reserves, which he co-authored with CNAS President John Nagl.Read More
CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp comments on what reports are saying about the defense budget.Read More
CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp discusses the Republicans' oversight plan on the White House's Afghanistan withdrawal strategy.Read More