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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While it is widely recognized that Cold War-era thinking about security is outdated, this recognition has not carried over into any real change in how the United States allocates its defense dollars.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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Laicie Olson

Senior Policy Analyst
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Mar 26, 2015

Center Signs onto Letter on Budget Resolution Amendments

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation signed onto a letter to Congress with recommendations on national security amendments.

Mar 19, 2015

DefenseOne Publishes Pentagon Budget Article by Lt. Gen. Gard and Angela Canterbury

"Let’s figure out how the Pentagon spends its money and sets priorities before we blow the budget caps and give it more to waste," writes Executive Director Angela Canterbury and Board Chairman Lt. General Robert Gard in an article for DefenseOne.

Mar 17, 2015

Letter to Congress on Cuts to Fiscal Year 2016 Pentagon Budget

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation signed onto a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Budget Committees with recommendations for savings as Congress prepares its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution.

Feb 23, 2015

Fact Sheet: FY 2016 Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation Program Restructuring Explained

In Fiscal Year 2016, the programs that comprise the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation line item have been restructured. The following fact sheet outlines where the FY15 programs can be found in the FY16 request.

Feb 18, 2015

Factsheet: FY 2016 Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation Budget Request

A factsheet to illustrate the president's non-proliferation funding request for Fiscal Year 2016.

Feb 3, 2015

New Defense Budget Briefing Book and a Reaction to President Obama's FY16 Request

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation released a briefing book with analysis of President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget request, in addition to the following statement in reaction to the president's spending plan.

Feb 3, 2015

Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Spending Request Briefing Book

The Obama administration has requested a base budget of $535 billion for fiscal year 2016, the highest base budget in the history of the Pentagon, not to mention an additional $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.


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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