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U.S. Department of Defense Contract Spending and the Industrial Base, 2000-2013

by Jesse Ellman, Gregory Sanders & Rhys McCormick Center for Strategic & International Studies (October 16, 2014)

This report analyzes contracting for products, services, and research & development (R&D) by the Department of Defense (DoD) and its key components.


The Indian Ocean Region: A Strategic Net Assessment

by Anthony H. Cordesman & Abdullah Toukan Center for Strategic & International Studies (September 11, 2014)

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is one of the most areas of the world in human terms. This study provides a comprehensive overview of the subregions and countries in the IOR, drawing heavily on a new country risk...


Enhancing India-ASEAN Connectivity

by Ted Osius & Raja C. Mohan Center for Strategic & International Studies (June 28, 2013)

Twenty years ago, India launched its “Look East” policy. For most of those 20 years, Myanmar’s isolation, mistrust between India and its neighbors, and poor infrastructure connectivity hindered the development...


Private-Sector Development in Fragile, Conflict-Affected, and Violent Countries

by Sadika Hameed & Kathryn Mixon Center for Strategic & International Studies (July 03, 2013)

The CSIS Working Group on Private-Sector Development in Fragile, Conflict-Affected, and Violent States identifies tools available to the international business community and the U.S. government to assist these...


Trade and Tribulations: An Evaluation of Trade Barriers to the Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops in the East African Community

by John Komen & David Wafula Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 03, 2013)

Agricultural biotechnology holds great promise in contributing to Africa’s socioeconomic development. This is confirmed by a growing body of literature analyzing the positive economic effects at the farm level,...


Restoring U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Energy: A National Security Imperative

by The Csis Commission on Nuclear Energy Policy in the United States Center for Strategic & International Studies (July 03, 2013)

America’s nuclear energy industry is in decline. Low natural gas prices, financing hurdles, failure to find a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste, reactions to the Fukushima accident in Japan,...


U.S.-India Homeland Security Cooperation: Building a Lasting Partnership Via Transportation Sector Security

by Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Brianna Fitch & Melissa Hersh Center for Strategic & International Studies (June 24, 2013)

India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with the gaps in its homeland security enterprise, provides an opportunity to extend its partnership with the United States and become a key partner in ensuring...


A Biological Threat Prevention Strategy: Complicating Adversary Acquisition and Misuse of Biological Agents

by Carol Kuntz, Reynolds Salerno & Eli Jacobs Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 15, 2013)

A contradiction sits at the core of U.S. biological threat prevention policy. Despite the U.S. government accepting the scientific and industrial costs of a domestic biosecurity system, it has not committed...


The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition: Security and the Afghan National Security Forces

by Anthony H. Cordesman, Bryan Gold & Ashley Hess Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 28, 2013)

After more than a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States and its allies are set to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014. This transition poses many challenges, and much will...


The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition: Afghan Economics and Outside Aid

by Anthony H. Cordesman, Bryan Gold & Ashley Hess Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 28, 2013)

After more than a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States and its allies are set to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014. This transition poses many challenges, and much will...


The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition: The Challenges of Leadership and Governance

by Anthony H. Cordesman, Bryan Gold & Ashley Hess Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 28, 2013)

After more than a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States and its allies are set to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014. This transition poses many challenges, and much will...


Beyond the Last War: Balancing Ground Forces and Future Challenges Risk in Uscentcom and Uspacom

by Nathan Freier, Stephanie Sanok & Jacquelyn Guy Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 20, 2013)

This study endeavors to identify ground force options that are most important to the security of core U.S. interests in two key regions of the world: the Middle East and South Asia; and the Asia Pacific. It...


Forging a Consensus for a Sustainable U.S. Nuclear Posture

by Clark A. Murdock, Stephanie Spies & John Warden Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 20, 2013)

This report was produced by the CSIS Nuclear Consensus Working Group (NCWG) to assist the Obama administration in forging, during its second term, an enduring consensus about the U.S. nuclear posture.


Japan's Global Health Policy: Developing a Comprehensive Approach in a Period of Economic Stress

by Haruko Sugiyama, Ayaka Yamaguchi, Hiromi Murakami & Katherine E. Bliss Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 20, 2013)

Recent years have seen a considerable shift in the sources of financial assistance for global health activities. With the private sector as well as emerging economies joining the more developed nations as major...


Analysis of the FY 2019 Defense Budget

by Todd Harrison & Seamus P. Daniels Center for Strategic & International Studies (October 31, 2018)

"Analysis of the FY 2019 Defense Budget" from the CSIS Defense Budget Analysis program provides an in-depth assessment of the Trump administration’s request for national defense funding in FY 2019. In addition...


Crossing Borders

by Heather A. Conley & Donatienne Ruy Center for Strategic & International Studies (September 06, 2018)

In recent years, Europe has seen its largest influx of migrants and refugees in decades, with 1.9 million arrivals to the continent between 2014 and 2017. Peak arrivals in 2015, and sustained flows since then,...


Restoring Restraint

by Rebecca K. C. Hersman & William Pittinos Center for Strategic & International Studies (July 06, 2018)

In 2012, a 20-year moratorium on state employment of chemical weapons use was broken. Since then, there have been more than 200 uses, against civilians, military targets, and political enemies. These attacks...


Religion and Violence in Russia

by Olga Oliker Center for Strategic & International Studies (June 13, 2018)

Religious violence is surely as old as both faith and fighting themselves. In the Russian Federation, as elsewhere in the world, religious teachings and philosophies are used both to justify and combat violence....


Restoring the Eastern Mediterranean as a U.S. Strategic Anchor

by Jon B. Alterman, Heather A. Conley, Haim Malka & Donatienne Ruy Center for Strategic & International Studies (May 31, 2018)

U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean is long overdue for revision. Today’s strategy was conceived 70 years ago and is no longer fit for purpose despite the continued strategic importance of the region...


Use of Incentives in Performance-Based Logistics Contracting

by Gregory Sanders & Jesse Ellman Center for Strategic & International Studies (April 19, 2018)

Traditional contracting is primarily transactional, rewarding contractors when deliveries are made or certain process milestones are met. Performance-Based Logistic (PBL) contracting seeks to base contractor...


Coping with Surprise in Great Power Conflicts

by Mark F. Cancian Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 23, 2018)

Surprise has always been an element of warfare, but the return of great power competition—and the high-level threat that it poses—gives urgency to thinking about surprise now. Because the future is highly...


Perspectives on Taiwan

by Bonnie S. Glaser & Matthew P. Funaiole Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 29, 2018)

The papers in this compendium were written by the 10 members of the 2017 CSIS Taiwan-U.S. Policy Program (TUPP) delegation. TUPP provides a much-needed opportunity for future leaders to gain a better understanding...


National Technology and Industrial Base Integration

by Rhys McCormick, Samantha Cohen, Andrew P. Hunter & Gregory Sanders Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 23, 2018)

In light of Section 881 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which expanded the legal definition of the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) to include the United Kingdom...


Contested Seas

by Andrew Metrick & Kathleen H. Hicks Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 19, 2018)

Operations in littoral waters present numerous challenges for modern navies, challenges that are especially acute in the waters of the Baltic Sea and around Northern Europe. Russia’s increasing menace above,...


Project on Nuclear Issues

by Mark Cancian Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 09, 2018)

The role that nuclear weapons play in international security has changed since the end of the Cold War, but the need to maintain and replenish the human infrastructure for supporting nuclear capabilities and...


Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance

by Melissa G. Dalton, Hijab Shah, Shannon N. Green & Rebecca Hughes Center for Strategic & International Studies (February 22, 2018)

With the range of security challenges confronting the United States in the 21st century, characterized by competition by both state and nonstate actors, the importance of working with allies and partners to...


The New Southbound Policy

by Bonnie S. Glaser, Scott Kennedy, Derek Mitchell & Matthew P. Funaiole Center for Strategic & International Studies (January 30, 2018)

In a concerted effort to expand Taiwan’s presence across the Indo-Pacific, President Tsai Ing-wen has introduced the New Southbound Policy (NSP) to strengthen Taipei’s relationships with the 10 countries...


Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Drawdown on the Defense Industrial Base

by Rhys McCormick, Andrew P. Hunter & Gregory Sanders Center for Strategic & International Studies (January 30, 2018)

The presence of a technologically superior defense industrial base has been a foundation of U.S. strategy since 1945. While the implementation of the budget cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011 has caused...


Enhanced Deterrence in the North

by Heather A. Conley, Jeffrey Rathke & Matthew Melino Center for Strategic & International Studies (February 09, 2018)

Twenty-five years of relative calm and predictability in relations between Russia and the West enabled European governments largely to neglect their military capabilities for territorial defense and dramatically...


Managing Fragility and Promoting Resilience to Advance Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development

by James Michel Center for Strategic & International Studies (January 25, 2018)

“Fragility”—the combination of poor governance, limited institutional capability, low social cohesion, and weak legitimacy—leads to erosion of the social contract and diminished resilience, with significant...


Rethinking Cybersecurity

by James Andrew Lewis Center for Strategic & International Studies (January 30, 2018)

Despite all the attention, cyberspace is far from secure. Why this is so reflects conceptual weaknesses more than imperfect technologies. Two questions highlight shortcomings in the discussion of cybersecurity....


Global Development Monitor 2017

by Conor M. Savoy & Charles F. Rice Center for Strategic & International Studies (January 16, 2018)

The face of global development is changing rapidly, and the CSIS Global Development Monitor seeks to address the complex issues highlighted by the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. Over a dozen...


Distributed Defense

by Thomas Karako & Wes Rumbaugh Center for Strategic & International Studies (December 29, 2017)

Despite the rising salience of missile threats, current air and missile defense forces are far too susceptible to suppression. Today’s U.S. air and missile defense (AMD) force lacks the depth, capacity, and...


Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Age

by Todd Harrison, Zack Cooper, Kaitlyn Johnson & Thomas G. Roberts Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 01, 2017)

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Six decades later, space-faring nations face a much different space environment, one that’s more diverse,...


U.S. Military Forces in FY 2018

by Mark F. Cancian Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 20, 2017)

The Department of Defense (DOD) faces a strategic choice: whether to focus on modernization for high-tech conflicts with China and Russia or expand forces and improve readiness to meet a superpower’s commitments...


Maritime Futures

by Heather A. Conley, Matthew Melino & Andreas Østhagen Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 17, 2017)

Significant diminishment of the Arctic ice cap is propelling the advent of a new, blue water ocean and, with it, new commercial and economic opportunities. Abundant natural and mineral resources, as well as...


Is Asia Reconnecting?

by Jonathan E. Hillman Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 20, 2017)

The CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project explores the drivers and implications of Asia’s infrastructure push. In this interdisciplinary volume, leading experts from government, academia, and industry answer six...


U.S.-Russia Economic Relations

by Vadim Grishin Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 14, 2017)

This study offers a detailed analysis of U.S.-Russia economic relations, viewed in a broader geopolitical context. It assesses the limits of bilateral cooperation through the economic and political trajectories...


Citizens in Training

by Jon B. Alterman & Margo Balboni Center for Strategic & International Studies (October 20, 2017)

The U.S. Marines made famous their search for “a few good men.” The United Arab Emirates (UAE), however, wants all its men—from the ages of 18 to 30—to experience the discipline and rigors of military...


Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

by Erol Yayboke, Erin Nealer & Charles F. Rice Center for Strategic & International Studies (September 22, 2017)

Before launching its second round of global goals—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the United Nations convened a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As part of...


Innovation-Led Economic Growth

by Charles F. Rice & Erol Yayboke Center for Strategic & International Studies (August 30, 2017)

Innovation and technology are increasingly at the heart of economic growth around the world and will be crucial tools for addressing emerging issues such as global urbanization and growing demand for food, energy,...


A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations

by Andrey Kortunov & Olga Oliker Center for Strategic & International Studies (August 21, 2017)

At a time of geopolitical tension and mutual distrust, the United States and Russia must work together in those areas where coordination is critical to global security, both to help stabilize the relationship...


Reforming and Reorganizing U.S. Foreign Assistance

by Jeanne Shaheen & Todd Young Center for Strategic & International Studies (August 01, 2017)

This is the final report of the bipartisan CSIS Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing U.S. Foreign Assistance. As the Trump administration attempts to curb government spending, particularly in foreign assistance,...


U.S.-Canadian Defense Industrial Cooperation

by Kristina Obecny & Gregory Sanders Center for Strategic & International Studies (July 17, 2017)

This study evaluates the health of the U.S.-Canadian defense industrial relationship, which is critically important as the U.S. Department of Defense expands the national technology and industrial base. The...


Afghanistan and Its Central Asian Neighbors

by Ivan Safranchuk Center for Strategic & International Studies (June 26, 2017)

The general trend in Afghanistan is clear-cut: the overall security situation has consistently deteriorated since 2009, worsening dramatically since 2014. However, in the provinces of Afghanistan adjacent to...


Recalibrating U.S. Strategy toward Russia

by Kathleen H. Hicks & Lisa Sawyer Samp Center for Strategic & International Studies (April 12, 2017)

These are turbulent times for American foreign policy. Nowhere are the challenges facing the United States more evident than in U.S. policy toward Russia. Drawing on scholars across several disciplines and perspectives,...


Implications of Ultra-Low-Cost Access to Space

by Todd Harrison, Andrew Hunter, Kaitlyn Johnson & Thomas Roberts Center for Strategic & International Studies (April 03, 2017)

Since the advent of the space age, a primary constraint on military, commercial, and civil space missions has been the cost of launch. Launching objects into space requires substantial investments in launch...


Deterring Iran after the Nuclear Deal

by Kathleen H. Hicks & Melissa G. Dalton Center for Strategic & International Studies (March 29, 2017)

Despite a U.S. focus on securing an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear development for the last several years, the United States lacks a strategy to combat the full range of Iranian activities that...


The Army Modernization Imperative

by Andrew Hunter & Rhys McCormick Center for Strategic & International Studies (June 16, 2017)

The U.S. Army currently faces a difficult truth: without changes to its modernization strategy, the Army risks losing qualitative tactical overmatch. A lost procurement decade and recent, significant modernization...


The South Caucasus in a Reconnecting Eurasia

by Andrew C. Kuchins & Jeffrey Mankoff Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 01, 2016)

The South Caucasus in a Reconnecting Eurasia examines the full scope of South Caucasus–Eurasia relations and analyzes the broad outlines of U.S. engagement over the coming years. It is part of a four-part...