Strategy and Statecraft

CNAS generates innovative policy ideas to guide American strategy and foreign policy in an era of accelerating change. Our work focuses on keeping the United States globally engaged through policies that foster U.S. security and prosperity. Today’s volatile global environment cries out for solutions to security, political and economic problems both new and old. This program aims to provide answers for how U.S. strategy can rapidly adapt to meet those challenges.

The CNAS Strategy and Statecraft team includes:

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  • January 30, 2015
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Reports

Nuclear Weapons in the Third Offset Strategy: Avoiding a Nuclear Blind Spot in the Pentagon’s New Initiative

Robert M. Gates Fellow Elbridge Colby argues that the Third Offset Strategy focus on how nuclear weapons will factor into the warfighting “regime” the new initiative envisions. Mr. Colby recommends the Pentagon "must studiously think through how the offset strategy can be shaped and implemented to...

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  • January 28, 2015
  • Events

The Third U.S. Offset Strategy and its Implications for Partners and Allies

The Center for a New American Security and the NATO Allied Command Transformation hosted Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, who presented his view for how the new U.S. Offset Strategy will impact U.S. alliances and partnerships, including NATO. Following his remarks, CNAS CEO Michèle...

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  • January 27, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Why Putin Is the Big Winner in Greece’s Elections

Greece’s election of a self-proclaimed radical leftist could hand an unexpected win to Russian President Vladimir Putin by exacerbating divisions within Europe over how to respond to Moscow’s latest aggressive moves in Ukraine. European foreign ministers are set to huddle Thursday, Jan. 29, to try...

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  • January 27, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Policy Briefs

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization: A Primer

Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter and Research Associate Katherine Kidder examine the growth of military compensation in the post-Cold War era, from 1990 to 2015, as well as the social contract America has with its All-Volunteer Force, and the ways in which monetary...

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  • January 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: A Big Week on the Hill for Iran Nuclear Diplomacy

In anticipation of planned Congressional action concerning nuclear diplomacy with Iran, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg have written a new Press Note laying out...

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Blog Posts

SOTU: Elbridge Colby on Nuclear Policy

The upcoming State of the Union offers an ideal opportunity for President Obama to underline the U.S. commitment to modernizing the nation’s nuclear arsenal. While the President began his tenure with a very public embrace of nuclear disarmament, this vision has become increasingly discordant with...

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Katherine Kidder
  • Blog Posts

SOTU: Katherine Kidder on Veteran's Issues

With two years left in his administration, the President must use his State of the Union address to highlight how he will follow through on the veterans initiatives set forth throughout his administration. He should draw attention to his 2009 commitment to DOD-VA health care integration—which has...

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  • January 16, 2015
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Obama, Cameron to talk counterterrorism, economy

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron face a crowded agenda as they meet Thursday and Friday, one that includes terrorism, Russia and the economy. One other item that may be on Cameron's mind: whether this will be his last visit to the White House as prime minister. Cameron is...

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  • January 13, 2015
  • Shawn Brimley
  • In the News

Inside Ash Carter’s Transition Team

Ash Carter, nominated to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has picked a small team of experienced hands with whom he has worked closely in the past to form a transition team to help him prepare for a confirmation process expected to be contentious but ultimately successful. At his...

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  • January 8, 2015
  • Tyler Jost
  • Policy Briefs

Defend, Defect, or Desert?: The Future of the Afghan Security Forces

In "Defend, Defect, or Desert?: The Future of the Afghan Security Forces,” Tyler Jost, a former U.S. Army Company Commander who served two tours in Afghanistan, lays out how the United States can most effectively support the Afghan National Security Forces. Mr. Jost argues that in the coming...

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