Responsible Defense

The United States is in the midst of curtailing government spending by steeply reducing defense and non-defense discretionary accounts. The CNAS Responsible Defense project, co-led by LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) and Dr. Nora Bensahel, examines how the Defense Department (DOD) should manage these cuts while rebalancing its force structure, readiness and modernization priorities. Cuts in acquisitions, changes in service roles and missions, reductions in military end strength and adjustments to U.S. strategy are all on the table, so CNAS is conducting analysis and crafting recommendations for senior policymakers who must make these inevitable tradeoff decisions. Moreover, CNAS is examining the underlying structural reform necessary to put the Defense Department on a sustainable path, suggesting new ways of improving DOD’s deeply inefficient business processes and unsustainable personnel outlays.

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