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Alternative Defense Strategies in a Cost-Capped Environment

Mark F. Cancian and Clark Murdock - With Ryan Crotty

This study identifies five alternative strategies and, using CSIS’s Force Cost Calculator, builds a cost-capped force structure, modernization program, and readiness profile for each strategy. It then stress-tests each strategy against four sets of simultaneous conflict scenarios, which the authors devised. The study explores potential ways to mitigate the fiscal pressure forcing these strategic tradeoffs. It concludes by making recommendations for the FY 2017 defense budget and the next Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 134Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4422-5910-2 • Paperback • February 2016 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-5911-9 • eBook • February 2016 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Mark Cancian and Clark Murdock are senior advisers with the International Security Program at CSIS. Ryan Crotty is a former fellow with the International Security Program at CSIS.