The Next Defense Strategy

About this commentary series

Regardless of who wins the next presidential election, by statute the DoD must deliver a new National Defense Strategy (NDS) to Congress in 2022. And CNAS is here to help. From July to December 2020, CNAS will release new papers every week on the tough issues the next NDS should tackle. The goal of this project is to provide intellectual capital to the drafters of the 2022 NDS, focusing specifically on unfinished business from the past several defense strategies and areas where change is necessary but difficult.

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Institutional Roadblocks to the Defense Department’s Adoption of AI

Bureaucratic inertia, stemming in part from deep-rooted institutional and cultural resistance, has hampered DoD’s ability to rapidly develop, acquire, and deploy AI capabiliti...


Make China the Explicit Priority in the Next NDS

The Bottom Line The new NDS is an opportunity for the next Secretary of Defense in January 2021 to do three things: Further deepen and explicitly state the current NDS’s sound...


The Defense Industrial Base of the Future

The next iteration of defense technologies will require much more overlap with commercial industry....


Demilitarizing U.S. Policy in the Middle East

The next NDS must detail a new approach to the Middle East....


Sharpening the U.S. Military’s Edge: Critical Steps for the Next Administration

The Bottom Line The United States is losing its military technological advantage vis-à-vis great power competitors such as China. Reversing this trend must be DoD leadership’...


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