International Security & Foreign Policy

Cost Contest: Defense Spending (In)efficiency and the Future of U.S.–Chinese Military Competition

Grant Year: 2021


Travis Sharp will investigate the dynamics of the “cost contest,” in which the United States and China seek to allocate defense resources most efficiently in the context of their larger military competition. He will undertake research and organize a workshop to assess the dynamics of the U.S.–China cost contest in three domains over the past two decades: ground-based long-range fires; aircraft carrier operations; and space-based command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance. The project’s findings will appear in a report.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments International Security & Foreign Policy

$76,397