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While it is widely recognized that Cold War-era thinking about security is outdated, this recognition has not carried over into any real change in how the United States allocates its defense dollars.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

RECENT ANALYSIS

Apr 1, 2014

Mother Jones Story on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Funding Cuts Quotes Center Spokesman

"It's misplaced priorities across the board," says James Lewis, communications director for the Center For Arms Control And Non-Proliferation. The nation's nuclear weapons complex "is just such a massive behemoth that there really isn't money for anything else."

Mar 31, 2014

Roll Call Publishes OpEd on Nuclear Material Security by Gen. George A. Buskirk & Board Member, Alexandra Toma

"Preventing one of the major threats of our time currently relies on a voluntary mishmash of security arrangements — we can and should do much better. Bolder action is needed to strengthen the persistent weak links in the chain to prevent the world’s most dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands. Congress must now rise to the challenge. There is much work to be done," writes Gen. George A. Buskirk & Alexandra Toma for Roll Call.

Mar 27, 2014

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

The Obama administration has requested a base defense budget of $495.6 billion for fiscal year 2015. This is approximately equal to the FY14 base budget approved by Congress. It does not, however, include money for the war in Afghanistan or nuclear weapons programs housed at the Department of Energy.

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TABLES & CHARTS

ANNUAL ANALYSIS OF THE PENTAGON SPENDING REQUEST

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

ADDITIONAL READING

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