Travis Sharp

  • Responsible Defense

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.

  • March 4, 2014
  • Travis Sharp
  • Policy Briefs

Gambling with Ground Forces: The 2015 Defense Budget and The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

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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.

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  • April 8, 2013
  • Travis Sharp
  • Commentaries

Placebo: The 2014 Defense Budget and DOD’s Credibility Challenges

Placebo: The 2014 Defense Budget and DOD’s Credibility Challenges

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.” 

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  • October 5, 2012
  • John A. Nagl, Kristin M. Lord, Melissa Dalton, Colin H. Kahl, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Ely Ratner, Jacob Stokes, Nancy Brune, Patrick M. Cronin, Richard Fontaine, Travis Sharp, Will Rogers
  • Reports

National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

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.

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  • May 21, 2012
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel, Travis Sharp
  • Reports

Sustainable Pre-eminence: Reforming the U.S. Military at a Time of Strategic Change

Sustainable Pre-eminence: Reforming the U.S. Military at a Time of Strategic Change

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.

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  • February 8, 2012
  • Travis Sharp
  • Policy Briefs

Down Payment: Defense Guidance, 2013 Defense Budget and the Risks of Sequestration

Down Payment: Defense Guidance, 2013 Defense Budget and the Risks of Sequestrati

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.

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  • October 3, 2011
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel, Travis Sharp
  • Reports

Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity

Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity

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.

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  • May 23, 2011
  • Kristin M. Lord, Mike McConnell, Peter Schwartz, Richard Fontaine, Travis Sharp, Will Rogers
  • Reports

America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age

America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age VOLUME I

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.

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  • February 14, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • Policy Briefs

The Sacrifice Ahead: The 2012 Defense Budget

The Sacrifice Ahead: The 2012 Defense Budget

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.

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  • September 17, 2010
  • John A. Nagl, Travis Sharp
  • Reports

An Indispensable Force: Investing in America’s National Guard and Reserves

An Indispensable Force: Investing in America’s National Guard and Reserves

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.

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  • February 1, 2010
  • Travis Sharp
  • Policy Briefs

Vision Meets Reality: 2010 QDR and 2011 Defense Budget

Vision Meets Reality: QDR and the 2011 Defense Budget

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. 

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  • September 23, 2011
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Travis Sharp
  • Events

Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity

On October 7, 2011, CNAS released "Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerityat an event featuring a discussion with the report authors.

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  • June 10, 2011
  • Travis Sharp, John A. Nagl
  • Events

Roundtable Discussion: Cyber Security and Smart Grid Technology

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.

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  • August 3, 2010
  • Travis Sharp, John A. Nagl
  • Events

An Indispensable Force: Investing in America's National Guard and Reserves

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. 

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  • March 5, 2014
  • Thomas E. Ricks, Travis Sharp
  • In the News

Sharp on defense budget: We're taking risks with ground forces, so it would be prudent to plan for ways to rebuild them

A short piece in Foreign Policy discusses adjunct fellow Travis Sharp's new brief he wrote on the FY 2015 budget and 2014 QDR. 

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  • February 28, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • In the News

The National Guard’s Evolving Mission

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.

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  • February 18, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • In the News

Your $5,555 Defense Bill Chokes on Waste: Veronique de Rugy

CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp comments on what reports are saying about the defense budget.

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  • January 19, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • In the News

Armed Services to Take ‘Wire Brush’ to Afghan Withdrawal Strategy

CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp discusses the Republicans' oversight plan on the White House's Afghanistan withdrawal strategy.

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  • April 3, 2012
  • Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

Sequestration Is Irresponsible

CNAS Bacevich Fellow Travis Sharp weighs in on the debate if Congress should repeal the scheduled defense budget cuts in U.S. News and World Report.

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  • February 15, 2012
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

SOF Power

In Foreign Policy, CNAS Senior Fellow Lieutenant General David Barno and Bacevich Fellow Travis Sharp analyze the impact of the significant allocation of funds for Special Operations Forces in the Pentagon budget request released this week.

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  • January 26, 2012
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel, Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

The Pentagon's Way Forward

LTG David Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp write in The National Interest, advising Congress to set aside sequestration and for DOD to focus on operational adjustments for the military.

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  • January 6, 2012
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel, Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

You Can't Have It All

CNAS experts LTG David Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp co-author an op-ed in Foreign Policy, discussing the cost and consequences of President Obama's new defense strategy.

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  • October 17, 2011
  • Travis Sharp, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Nora Bensahel
  • Op-eds

Hard Choices for Ground Forces

In an op-ed for Defense News, CNAS authors LTG David Barno, Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp discuss the hard choices to be made in reducing active-duty ground forces as the U.S. military shifts strategic interests toward the Indo-Pacific region.

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  • April 14, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

As Debt Grows, So Does U.S. Exposure to Attack

CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp lists the ways U.S. federal debt could harm national security.

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  • February 25, 2011
  • Travis Sharp, Kristin M. Lord
  • Op-eds

Cyber Sanity

CNAS Director of Studies Kristin Lord and Research Associate Travis Sharp collaborated on an op-ed that suggests the U.S. government should be strategic about cyber security spending.

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  • February 18, 2011
  • Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

Go Inside The $56 Billion ‘Black’ Budget

CNAS Research Associate Travis Sharp helps readers navigate the Defense Department's classified budget.

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  • January 10, 2011
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Travis Sharp
  • Op-eds

The Right Cuts

David Barno and Travis Sharp discuss in Foreign Policy realistic ways to trim military expenditures while improving U.S. national security.

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