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July 20, 2021

Biden’s First Budget Tries ‘Too Much With Too Little,’ New Wargame Finds

Featuring Stacie Pettyjohn, Becca Wasser, and Jennie Matuschak

Source: Breaking Defense

Journalist Aaron Mehta

The Biden administration has a limited window to set America’s military on a new course – and the lack of a clear direction with its first budget means the Pentagon is already behind where it needs to be, warns a new report from the Center for a New American Security.

The report, authored by Stacie Pettyjohn, Becca Wasser and Jennie Matuschak, was based around a series of wargames focused on what would happen if China or Russia laid claim to territory against the wishes of a US partner or ally. The CNAS team tried three different constructs, one where the military is focused primarily on fighting a head to head war with a major power, and two where the military is focused on day-to-day, lower level deterrence.

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  • Stacie Pettyjohn

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at CNAS. Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, posture, force planning, the defense budget, ...

  • Becca Wasser

    Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Becca Wasser is a Senior Fellow for the Defense Program and lead of The Gaming Lab at CNAS. Her research areas include defense strategy, force design, strategic and operationa...

  • Jennie Matuschak

    Former Research Assistant, Defense Program

    Jennie Matuschak is a former research assistant for the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, Ms. Matuschak served as a Joseph S. Nye, ...