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 Real Revolution in Military Affairs

Changing US Security Strategy

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

Latest Publications/Commentary

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

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