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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  • February 8, 2016
  • Michelle Shevin-Coetzee
  • Reports

The Labyrinth Within: Reforming the Pentagon’s Budgeting Process

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, a researcher with the CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program, examines the current Defense budget process and makes recommendations for better aligning strategy and resources in a time of shrinking and unpredictable budgets. Among many others, the report’s recommendations...

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  • January 12, 2016
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Reports

Russia's Evolving Nuclear Doctrine and its Implications

In this report, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow Elbridge Colby provides a baseline of Russian thinking on how Moscow sees its options for nuclear employment. Mr. Colby argues that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should not be "caught unaware by Russian emphasis on, let alone resort to,...

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  • January 11, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Obama’s last State of the Union will try to counter electorate’s anger

President Obama will deliver his last State of the Union address Tuesday at a moment when fear and anger seem to be driving both the American electorate and the candidates seeking to replace him in the White House. His challenge? Communicate a message big enough to rise above the election-season...

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  • December 17, 2015
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

For Republican Candidates, a Fight to Define Party's Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Republicans, this week's presidential debate highlighted a brewing fight to define the party's foreign policy posture, exposing divisions among candidates about the U.S. role in fostering regime change in the Middle East and tactics to prevent terror attacks at home. The...

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  • December 16, 2015
  • Katherine Kidder, Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Are We Ready For The Decline Of Veteran And Military Nonprofits?

When you work in the veterans community, you get used to uncertainty. You don’t know how many veterans commit suicide every day. You don’t know which veterans and military family programs are the most effective. And you are never sure if the United States really needs 40,000-plus veterans...

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  • December 14, 2015
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Panel: Evolving Defense Technologies Require New Strategies

WASHINGTON — With the United States’ technological edge in defense eroding as potential adversaries develop capabilities, the US needs to develop new strategies for future engagements, a panel of experts said Monday. For example, Russia’s recent behavior suggests that it doesn’t have a similar...

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  • December 9, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Reports

Charting the Sea of Goodwill

“Charting The Sea Of Goodwill,” conducts a comprehensive landscape analysis of the military and veteran-service organization space and its funding sources, and finds that while the support needed by more than 21 million veterans in America is growing, philanthropic support is fragmented and...

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  • December 9, 2015
  • Harry Krejsa
  • Op-eds

Does China Needs Its Own 'Womenomics'?

Any economist will tell you that failing to integrate half of a country’s population into the workforce is economic nonsense — a needless expense that permanently limits growth and prospects for innovation. The IMF estimates that workforce gender discrimination costs the global economy almost $1.6...

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  • December 2, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Ben FitzGerald, Norman Augustine: DoD Should Push for Broader Commercial Tech Adoption

Ben FitzGerald, director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security, has said the Defense Departmentshould expand the use of commercial platforms across military services, FCW reported Tuesday. “While the market will not yield a stealthy, armed drone...

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