The Center for Defense Studies is anchored by a series of targeted studies and reports. Recent projects include:
- Defending Defense—a joint effort of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Foreign Policy Initiative, and the Heritage Foundation to promote a sound understanding of the U.S. defense budget and the resource requirements necessary to sustain America’s preeminent military position in a dangerous world. Most recently, Defending Defense issued a primer on the prospects for– and consequences of– a hollow force in light of military spending cuts. Defending Defense has also produced a primer on China’s military build-up and its implications for US Defense Spending. This followed the first Defending Defense joint brief, which was designed to separate myth from fact in the current defense spending debate. Watch the video from the Defending Defense launch event here.
- Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran: Questions for Strategy, Requirements for Military Forces — a comprehensive study examining U.S. strategy concerning a nuclear-armed Iran.
- Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields— a volume of essays featuring contributions from Brigadier General H.R. McMaster, Peter Feaver, Thomas Mackubin Owens, Major General Charles Dunlap, and Colonel (Ret.)Robert Killebrew.
- A CDS working paper series on the most salient defense issues of our day, including U.S. nuclear strategy and posture and America’s Asian alliance system.
- A study on NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan, designed to assess the current campaign’s implications for the future of the alliance, and determine whether NATO members have adjusted their defense policies, warfighting doctrines, or acquisition priorities as a result of the Afghan mission.
- A comprehensive assessment of American security commitments and defense requirements modeled on the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review.
- A working-group and essay series, cosponsored by the Brookings Institution, designed to examine the emerging requirements and future role of the United States’ nuclear forces.