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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.

Sep 26, 2014

Defense One Publishes Article on Nuclear Spending By Angela Canterbury and Kingston Reif

"As the bill for nuclear weapons grows larger and larger in the coming years, Congress must scrutinize the commitment to keep last century’s nuclear arsenal."

Jun 17, 2014

Summary of the House Appropriations Committee version of the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill

A summary of the House Appropriations Committee version of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill.

Apr 30, 2014

Fact Sheet: The Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) Program

A detailed summary of the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) Program.

Apr 24, 2014

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending

In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $600.4 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2014 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2015 Budget Request for Replacement Nuclear Delivery Systems and Warhead Life Extension Programs

A summary of the FY 2015 budget request for nuclear weapons replacement and warhead life extension programs.

Feb 21, 2014

Fact Sheet: The F-35 “Lightning II” JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER (JSF)

A detailed summary of the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

Jan 15, 2014

Roll Call OpEd: Spend Smarter, Not More by Generals Gard & Johns

"Our nation needs an open dialogue about government spending, especially on U.S. military programs that damage our national security by ballooning the national debt," writes Lt. General Robert Gard & Brig. General John Johns for Roll Call.

Dec 17, 2013

Defense Legislation Moves Closer to Senate Vote

“Congressional leaders are coming to realize that Pentagon spending is coming down as the wars are coming to an end. Smart strategy has to be employed to make sure we reduce spending in the right way,” said Laicie Heeley, director of defense policy at the Center. “In future years, appropriators have to begin to reshape spending to address 21st century threats and not those of the past.”

Dec 17, 2013

Analysis of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 3304

A summary and analysis of the final conference version of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Dec 11, 2013

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Misses Mark on Security Opportunities

“The deal increases funding for a series of critical international and domestic programs,” said Laicie Heeley, the Center’s Director of Defense Policy. “Tragically, the new deal still pours wasted billions into programs that do not enhance the security of the United States or our allies.”

Dec 4, 2013

Fact Sheet: M1 Abrams Tank

A detailed summary of the US Army's M1 Abrams Tank.

Dec 4, 2013

Fact Sheet: "Star Creep"

A detailed summary of the extensive growth in the number of general and flag officers in the US military in recent years; a trend known as "Star Creep."

Dec 4, 2013

Defense News Story on Wall Street Journal Sequester Editorial Quotes Kingston Reif

More than one defense source sent the editorial to your correspondent on Tuesday, with Kingston Reif of the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation expressing shock to Defense News/Intercepts about the piece’s tone: “WSJ ed board calling out McKeon is a big deal, no?”

Nov 20, 2013

Fact Sheet: TRICARE

A detailed summary of TRICARE; the US military's civilian healthcare program.

Nov 19, 2013

Fact Sheet: Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

A detailed summary of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

Nov 4, 2013

Roll Call OpEd: U.S. Would Benefit From Fixing the Problems With Missile Defense

"The to-this-point-unsolvable challenge to U.S. missile defenses is their vulnerability to decoys, countermeasures, stealth and confusion from space debris from rocket stage separations; the slow pace of testing; and excessively scripted tests that avoid the realities of battle and impede effective operational capability.
A truly effective missile defense would deal with all these challenges rather than building systems that won’t protect American security," writes Lt. General Robert Gard and Philip Coyle for Roll Call.

Oct 25, 2013

Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

The proposed B61 life extension program is unaffordable, unworkable, and unrealistic writes Kingston Reif in his October column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Oct 16, 2013

The Hill OpEd: Some Pentagon Spending Actually Harms Our National Security by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Our security is no longer based principally on matching the Soviet Union bomb-for-bomb or on a massive force structure of tanks, planes and ships. Neither of these is effective at deflecting a Chinese cyber attack or a terrorist plot in Nairobi.
The fundamental problems are an outdated strategy, misallocation of resources, and wasteful expenditures on projects that do not enhance security," writes Lt. General Robert Gard in The Hill.

Oct 16, 2013

OtherWords.org OpEd: A Smarter Pentagon Budget

"The deficit financing of two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus irresponsible increases in the military’s core budget, have created a mountain of debt that threatens the health of our economy," writes Lt. General Robert Gard for OtherWords.org.

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