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Estimating the Cost of Operations Against ISIL

September 29, 2014 • By Todd Harrison, John Stillion, Eric Lindsey, and Jacob Cohn

With the United States now engaged in military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), there are many questions regarding the cost, duration, and scope of…

The FY2015 Defense Budget: Balancing Strategy and Resources

March 3, 2014 • By Todd Harrison

This backgrounder discusses the balance the FY15 defense budget attempts to find among compensation, force structure, modernization, and readiness, and compare the choices made in this budget to the Joint Think…

Sustaining the U.S. Defense Industrial Base as a Strategic Asset

September 18, 2013 • By Barry Watts

Since World War II, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been able to count on America’s defense industrial base (DIB) always being ready to design and produce the world-class weaponry…

Rethinking the Road to Zero

June 27, 2013 • By Evan B. Montgomery

Proposals to significantly reduce or even abolish nuclear weapons are as old as nuclear weapons themselves. Over the past several years, however, they have gained considerable momentum and moved squarely into the mainstream of policy analysis and political debate.

Looking Beyond the Fog Bank: Fiscal Challenges Facing Defense

April 5, 2013 • By Todd Harrison

As attention now turns to the FY 2014 budget and the Administration’s much-delayed budget request, the fundamental issues that led to uncertainty and delays in the FY 2013 budget remain unresolved.