Whether the U.S. defense budget is cut through sequestration or more thoughtfully planned measures, U.S. strategy and America's defense posture will be dramatically impacted over the coming decade by reduced spending on defense and national security. Whether in rebalancing America's strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region; realigning the force structure of the armed forces, especially the U.S. Army; pursuing counterterrorism and other security priorities; and seeking contributions from allies and partners, American policymakers can no longer ignore cost and budgetary constraints when it comes to shaping U.S. strategy and rightsizing America's global security role.

Special Report: Streamlining U.S. Strategy for the Sequester Era

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Whether the U.S. defense budget is cut through sequestration or more thoughtfully planned measures, U.S. strategy and America's defense posture will be dramatically impacted over the coming decade by reduced spending on defense and national security. Whether in rebalancing America's stategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region; realigning the force structure of the armed forces, especially the U.S. Army; pursuing counterterrorism and other security priorities; and seeking contributions from allies and partners, American policymakers can no longer ignore cost and budgetary constraints when it comes to shaping U.S. strategy and rightsizing America's global security role.


Rebalance

Rethinking the Cost of U.S. Global Leadership

By Nikolas Gvosdev
October 19, 2012

To Determine Strategy, U.S. Must Define Its Global Role
By Judah Grunstein
October 29, 2012

Politics, Strategy and U.S. Defense Budgets
By Nikolas Gvosdev
October 26, 2012

U.S. Must Learn the Real ‘Lessons’ of Afghanistan
By Steven Metz
January 16, 2013

Ten Years Later, Iraq War Assumptions Still Unexamined
By Nikolas Gvosdev
January 18, 2013

U.S. Debates Framework for Counterterror Operations in Africa
By Peter Tinti
January 2, 2013

Energy Independence a Game-Changer for U.S. Defense Posture
By Nikolas Gvosdev
February 22, 2013
Light Footprint


Debating the Shape of Tomorrow's U.S. Military
By Steven Metz
September 12, 2012

U.S. Army Must Adapt to Constraints of Austerity
By Richard Weitz
April 24, 2012

Amid COIN Debate, U.S. Army Struggles to Find Its Way
By Andrew Exum
January 24, 2012

U.S. Army Has Crucial Role in Asia Pivot
By Richard Weitz
December 4, 2012

In Era of Small Wars, U.S. Army Must Embrace Training Mission
By John A. Nagl
February 5, 2013

New Africom Brigade a Test Case for Leaner Pentagon
By Lesley Anne Warner
June 5, 2012

Shadow Wars

In Tough Times, America's 'Dirty Harry' Streak Re-Emerges
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
March 26, 2012

Reining in SOCOM's Alarming Ambitions
By Andrew Exum
June 6, 2012

A Necessary Evolution: U.S. Military Strategy Goes Invisible
By Steven Metz
July 24, 2012

Skipping Out on the Bill: Obama's Cost-Free Drone Wars
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
July 24, 2012

Special Operations Forces' Expanding Global Role
By Andrew Exum
May 30, 2012

Burden-Sharing

Obama and Europe: Beneath Affinity, a Growing Gulf
By Mark Leonard and Hans Kundnani
January 8, 2013

Who Will Fight Europe's Proxy Wars?
By Richard Gowan
August 6, 2012

The Reluctant Power: Germany and the Mali Crisis
By Isabel Skierka
January 24, 2013

Europe’s Strategic Airlift Suffering From Cold War Underinvestment
By Catherine Cheney
January 28, 2013

U.K. Gambles on Leaner Armed Forces
Interview with Michael Codner
July 25, 2012

U.K. Defense Cuts Sharpen Tradeoff Between Conventional and Nuclear Capabilities
Interview with Malcolm Chalmers
February 25, 2013