The CNAS Defense Program addresses the challenges that are central to the military competition between the United States, China, and Russia. We concretely impact current and future defense policy and strategy while developing the next generation of defense leaders. We are a trusted source on defense issues, producing high quality analysis and policy recommendations on the implications of great-power competition for U.S. defense strategy, operations, budgets, and institutional reform.
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ReportsInvesting in Great-Power Competition
Executive Summary This report asks whether the 2021 U.S. defense budget request is aligned with the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) in selecting priority capability inves...
By Susanna V. Blume & Molly Parrish
ReportsWhy America Needs a New Way of War
For the first time in decades, it is possible to imagine the United States fighting—and possibly losing—a large-scale war with a great power....
By Chris Dougherty
ReportsBeating the Americans at Their Own Game
China is keenly focused on blunting the U.S. military’s technological superiority, even as it strives to achieve technological parity, and eventually technological dominance....
By Robert O. Work & Greg Grant