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National Security Spending

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The Pentagon, looking northeast at the Potomac. DOD photo.

While it is widely recognized that Cold War-era thinking about security is outdated, this recognition has not carried over into any real change in how the United States allocates its defense dollars. There are many elements of the defense budget which consume massive budgetary resources but provide little return in terms of security.

It is time to correct the artificial divide between military and non-military forms of security spending and return to a vision of security based on more than bullets and bombs.

The new reality in the post-September 11 world is that protection from terrorist attacks and other security challenges can only be provided by broadening our vision of national security to include law enforcement, intelligence, immigration policy, border security, foreign assistance, economic development, and diplomacy. Combining these non-military tools with a robust military is the prescription for global peace and security under American leadership during the 21st century.


John Isaacs

John Isaacs

Senior Fellow
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jdi AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

Laicie Olson

Senior Policy Analyst
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Nov 21, 2014

Factsheet: Nuclear Ballistic Submarine Program

An assessment of the SSBN (X) nuclear ballistic submarine program and its future of "unsustainable" funding.

Nov 21, 2014

Factsheet: Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

An assessment of the littoral combat ship and the problems that plague it.

Nov 18, 2014

John Isaacs on Huffington Post Live

Watch John Isaacs give his analysis of Defense Secretary Hagel's recent $1.5 billion proposal to repair the U.S. nuclear enterprise on HuffPost Live.

Nov 15, 2014

Wall Street Journal Quotes Angela Canterbury on Pentagon's Announcement to Upgrade Nuclear Forces

Council Executive Director Angela Canterbury was quoted in the Wall Street Journal with her analysis of a press conference Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who announced his $1.5 billion plans to upgrade U.S. nuclear forces.

Nov 10, 2014

LA Times Quotes Board Member Phil Coyle on Aging U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

"God help us if we ever need them," said Center Board Member Phil Coyle to the LA Times in an article underlining the minimal risk of a U.S.-Russia nuclear standoff, compared to the grave risks posed by the hundreds of ICBM's kept on high-alert on U.S. soil.

Nov 9, 2014

LA Times Quotes Board Member Phil Coyle on Rising Costs of Nuclear Weapons

Center Board Member Phil Coyle was quoted in the LA Times in a two-part story on our aging nuclear weapons arsenal. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the rising costs of maintaining these outdated weapons systems.

Oct 30, 2014

Finalizing the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization (NDAA): Key Issues for Congress

As the House and Senate begin to work behind the scenes to write a final bill of the National Defense Authorization Act, it should take the enclosed seven steps recommended by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.


The FY 2012 Request l The FY 2011 Request l The FY 2010 Request l The FY 2009 Request l The FY 2008 Request

The FY 2007 Request l The FY 2006 Request l The FY 2005 Request l The FY 2004 Request l The FY 2003 Request

The FY 2002 Request l The FY 2001 Request l The FY 2000 Request l The FY 1999 Request l The FY 1998 Request

The FY 1997 Request

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