CSIS's Mark Cancian annually produces a series of white papers on U.S. military forces, including their composition, new initiatives, long-term trends, and challenges. This report is a compilation of these papers. It takes a deep look at each military service, as well as special operations forces, DOD civilians, and contractors in the FY 2022 budget. The report also discusses the debate about legacy equipment, the interaction of the budget and force size, and the decline in force size that the services face with retiring older systems without adequate replacements.
Mark Cancian (Colonel, USMCR, ret.) is a senior adviser with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Executive Summary V
1 | The Budget and Strategy Overview 1
2 | Army 16
3 | Navy 33
4 | Marine Corps 74
5 | Air Force 90
6 | Space, SOF, Civilians, and Contractors 113
Space Force 114
Special Operations Forces (SOF) 122
DOD Civilians 129
About the Author 141