Burke Chair on U.S. Strategic and Defense Efforts

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Burke Chair reports on US Strategic and Defense Efforts seeks assess U.S. national defense in terms of the roles, missions, and necessities of the U.S. defense apparatus, with concurrent respect to resource allocation and the realities shaping needs and priorities in defense planning and execution.

As part of an ongoing working assessment of Department of Defense strategic, tactical, budgetary, and organizational priorities, these reports incorporate a wide array of defense prerogatives, from homeland defense and security, to overseas warfighting capabilities.

Further emphasis is placed on costing and prioritization of resources, as well the synchronization of efforts across military, intelligence, and civilian agencies. Issues covered in these reports include but are not limited to, personnel issues and the issue of “overstretch”; strategic and planning challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan; meeting the needs of the active and reserve military; U.S. force transformation; interoperability and international alliances; and the challenge of creating an effective interagency process.

Major Works

The FY2016 Defense Budget and US Strategy: Key Trends and Data Points

The Air War Against the Islamic State: The Need for An "Adequacy of Resources"

Losing the "Forgotten War"- The US Strategic Vacuum in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

The Struggle for the Levant: Geopolitical Battles and the Quest for Stability

The Indian Ocean Region: A Strategic Net Assessment

The Afghan War and Transition: Updated Report on the Forces Shaping Transition in Afghanistan, 2014-2016

The Real Revolution in Military Affairs

The FY2015 Defense Budget and the QDR: Key Trends and Data Points

Afghanistan and the Growing Risks in Transition

Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces

Shaping the ANSF to Meet the Challenges of Transition

Improving the US-GCC Security Partnership: Planning for the Future

Changing US Security Strategy

Tracking the Defense Budget: US Defense Budget Cuts, Sequestration, the FY2014 Budget, and the FY2014-FY2022 Forecast

Latest Publications/Commentary

America's Failed Approach to Chaos Theory: The Complexity Crisis in US Strategy

Strategy, Grand Strategy, and the Emperor's New Clothes

America, Saudi Arabia, and the Strategic Importance of Yemen

The Real Strategic Goal in Iraq and Syria: How Do You Bring Lasting Stability?

Boots on the Ground: The Realities of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria

All Spin and No Substance: The Need for a Meaningful Obama Strategy

The Strategic Cost of Torture, Racism, and Bigotry

The Obama Administration: From Ending Two Wars to Engagement in Five - with the Risk of a Sixth

International Shifts and Their Security Impact on the Gulf: Quantifying Key Trends

Assessing a Deal or Non-deal with Iran

The Need for Better Civil-Military Planning

The Islamic State War: No Clear US Strategy

The Imploding US Strategy in the Islamic State War?

The Real Center of Gravity in the War Against the Islamic State

The Islamic State: The Case of Expanding the Air War

Iraq, Syria, and the Islamic State: The "Boots on the Ground" Fallacy

The Campaign Against the Islamic State

The "Best Game in Town" - Five Key Risks of the President's Strategy

Winning the Campaign Against the Islamic State: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges

Transition in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Progress and Risks

Iraq: The Economic and Governance Sides of the Crisis

Iraq: The Right, but a High-Risk, Strategy

Iraq: A Time to Act

The Real Revolution in Military Affairs

The Downing of the Malaysian Airliner: Avoid Rushing to Judgment

The Enemy of My Enemy is Not My Friend

The New "Great Game" in the Middle East: Looking Beyond the "Islamic State" and Iraq

The Uncertain Next Steps in Iraq

The President Has Taken the Right First Step on Iraq

Afghanistan and Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Worst Case Wars

NATO and Ukraine: The Need for Real World Strategies and for European Partners Rather than Parasites

President Obama's Announcement on Troop Levels in Afghanistan: No Plan, No Transparency, No Credibility, and No Leadership

The Obama Presidency: Is “King Log” Really Better than “King Stork?”

Time is Running Out in Afghanistan: The April 5th Election is Only the Prelude to Transition

Challenges and Opportunities in the CENTCOM AOR

American Strategy and US “Energy Independence”

The UN Chemical Weapons Report: One Third of the Story that Needs to Be Told

Challenges and Opportunities in the CENTCOM AOR

The Impact of China and Russia on US and Iranian Strategic Competition

The Death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, the Need for “Expeditionary Diplomacy,” and the Real Lessons for US Diplomacy