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While it is widely recognized that Cold War-era thinking about security is outdated, this recognition has not carried over into any real change in how the United States allocates its defense dollars.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

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Laicie Olson

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Jan 14, 2015

Analysis: Funding Reductions for Nuclear Non-Proliferation

In the final appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015, Congress made a $337 million reduction in spending on nuclear non-proliferation programs. Executive Director Angela Canterbury and Scoville Fellow Greg Terryn have provided a breakdown of the programs and the funding reductions.

Dec 30, 2014

National Defense Magazine Quotes Angela Canterbury on Military Spending

Council Executive Director Angela Canterbury was quoted in National Defense Magazine's preview of 2015 defense spending under a Republican Congress.

Dec 12, 2014

DoD Buzz Quotes Angela Canterbury on Defense Bill

Council Executive Director Angela Canterbury was quoted in DoD Buzz on the National Defense Authorization Act's request for $64 billion for the Pentagon's slush fund, originally intended to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but which is now abused as a safety valve for evading the budget caps.

Dec 11, 2014

Defense One Publishes Article by Lt. Gen. Robert Gard on the Pentagon Budget

New threats in the Middle East, a new chief at the Pentagon, and a more Hawkish Congress are combining to create the perfect storm of defense overspending. Lt. General Robert Gard, who chairs the Center board, weighs in for Defense One.

Dec 10, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Bill Analysis

With the budget to fund the government set to expire on December 11th, the House filed a 1600 page Omnibus Appropriations Bill on December 9th, with votes in both chambers expected December 10th. The following summary provides an analysis of the Bill's appropriations for the Department of Defense and for defense programs that live within the Department of Energy.

Dec 4, 2014

Summary of Fiscal Year 2015 NDAA

House and Senate Armed Services Committees have come to compromises on the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015, a version of which passed in the House in May. The Center has produced a summary of the House-Senate agreements included in this version of the bill.

Nov 21, 2014

Factsheet: Nuclear Ballistic Submarine Program

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


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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