Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is a think tank which is funded by unspecified U.S. Defense Department agencies and corporations and focuses on U.S. defence and budget policy. On its website the group states that it is "an independent, nonprofit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking about defense planning and investment strategies for the 21st century."[1]

Member of the Security Policy Working Group.

CSBA brings databased analyses and cutting-edge assessment techniques to its research on:

  • Military Strategy and Policy
  • Defense Budgets and Programs
  • Weapon Systems and Critical Technologies
  • Military Personnel and Readiness
  • Military Revolutions and Future Warfare
  • Transformation of the Military
  • Defense Industry

Board of Directors

The board of Directors, as of August 2008, comprises[2]

  • Dave McCurdy, Chair; he is also President of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Denis Bovin, Director; he is also Vice Chairman, Investment Banking and Senior Managing Director of Bear Stearns & Company
  • Dan Coats, Director; he is also senior counsel in King & Spalding's Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group.
  • Devon Gaffney Cross, Director; she is also Executive Director of The Donors Forum;
  • Jack Keane, Director; he is also Senior Managing Director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity and consulting firm;
  • Stephen Preston, Director; he is also vice chair of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Department at WilmerHale law firm;
  • Elihu Rose, Director; and is also author of several articles on military history and serves as Chairman of the Board of American Historical Publications, publishers of MHQ; and
  • R. James Woolsey, Director; he is also Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Former Directors


  • Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., Executive Director; Areas of Expertise: Strategic Assessments and Planning, Military Revolutions, Transformation of the Military
  • Steven M. Kosiak, Director of Budget Studies
  • Michael G. Vickers, Director of Strategic Studies
  • James Carafano, Senior Fellow; Area of Expertise: Homeland Security
  • Barry Watts, Senior Fellow; Areas of Expertise: Air Power Issues, Air Force Transformation, Military Use of Space
  • Kurt Guthe, Senior Analyst, Areas of Expertise: post-Cold War deterrence
  • Robert Martinage, Senior Analyst; Areas of Expertise: Future Warfare, Transformation of the Military, Wargaming
  • Robert Work, Senior Analyst; Areas of Expertise: Maritime Transformation
  • Todd Lowery, Analyst
  • Alane Kochems, Research Assistant

"... the Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) from the United States ......also conducts studies for Mr Andrew Marshall, head of the Office of Net Assessment." cache file.


The group's 2006 annual return stated that it had annual revenue of $7.058 million. Of this $1.892 million from "direct public support", $1.268 million from government contributions and $3.578 million from "program service revenue". In its annual return, the group states that it "contracts with agencies of the Defense Department and some corporations in the defense industry to research subjects and to organize educational events related to changing military force structure, weapon system programs, and trends in U.S. military strategy related to the changing international security environment".[3]

The group does not disclose on its website which Defense Department agencies and defense corporations fund its work.


Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 912
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 331-7990
Facsimile: (202) 331-8019
Email: info AT

Articles and Resources


  1. Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, "CSBA Mission Statement", Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments website, accessed August 2008.
  2. Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, "CSBA Board of Directors", Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments website, accessed August 2008.
  3. Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 2006 IRS Return, October 2007, pages 1 and 21.

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External links

  • Media Transparency: Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments: 33 Grants totaling $4,705,470 for years 1996 through 2005 granted by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and Smith Richardson Foundation.
  • 2 February 2001: "A Strategy for a Longeace" (testimony) by Andrew Krepinevich, CSBA.
  • 16 September 2003: "Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments today released 'Operation Iraqi Freedom: A First Blush Assessment' by Executive Director Dr. Andrew Krepinevich. This report is a preliminary analysis of military operations in Iraq and their implications for the future of military transformation and war planning strategy. ... 'The United States is in the regime changing business,' concludes Krepinevich in the report. ... Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the United States has directly or indirectly deposed a foreign regime roughly once every three years. Doing so, the United States finds itself increasingly engaged in stability operations, from the Balkans to Afghanistan to Iraq. Since the Vietnam War, however, the US military has viewed such activities as secondary to the task of winning wars."