Security Spending Analysis Archive
Apr 24, 2013
In 2012, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $645.7 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2013 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan.
Feb 2, 2013
Having weathered a firestorm of controversy since his nomination, Hagel's discomfort baffled his colleagues, but in many ways, his stumbling may have also worked to his advantage.
Jan 25, 2013
Regardless of the upcoming confirmation hearing or its outcomes, there are at least three major reasons why you should care about who will replace Leon Panetta as the head of the Department of Defense.
Jan 16, 2013
Congress simply postponed its tough decisions on federal spending until March, writes Laicie Heeley in the San Antonio Express.
Dec 20, 2012
A detailed analysis and overview of the Conference version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Dec 12, 2012
Too often, the Pentagon spending debate is ensnared in the outmoded ideology of past wars and driven by legions of lobbyists for parochial interests in the military-industrial complex.
Nov 2, 2012
The U.S. naval fleet in 1916 was designed to fill a singular role, ship-to-ship combat or transport. Conversely, today’s naval fleet is designed to be versatile and multi-objective, writes James Lewis in this new analysis.
Oct 31, 2012
Kingston Reif served on the Center for American Progress' Task Force for a Unified Security Budget, contributing research on nuclear material security and non-proliferation funding to a new report.
Oct 7, 2012
Defense labs help the nation meet unexpected national security needs, and should be protected from budget cuts, writes Senior Science Fellow Philip Coyle in Defense News.
Sep 20, 2012
Neither party is taking a responsible position on the issue of military spending, writes Council for a Livable World Board Member Daniel Wirls in the Mercury News.
Sep 6, 2012
As a whole, the president’s successful national security record speaks for itself, writes Senior Policy Analyst Laicie Olson on the Truman National Security Project's Doctrine Blog.
Aug 30, 2012
Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan may be perceived as a numbers guy, but his current budget is clearly controlled by more than the numbers, writes Laicie Olson on the Truman National Security Project's Doctrine Blog.
Aug 13, 2012
Lawmakers must extend the deadline to phase in spending reductions and reduce the coming shock to the vulnerable U.S. economy, writes Center Chairman Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA, ret.) in an op-ed first published by OtherWords.org.
Aug 7, 2012
The Budget Control Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011 after being supported by a majority of Republican Members of Congress and many Democrats.
Aug 3, 2012
A brief summary and analysis of the Senate Appropriations Committee Version of the FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill.
Jul 18, 2012
We must begin to deal with our debt soon, or risk jeopardizing not only national security, but health care, transportation, education, and the many industries we depend on for a strong economy.
Jul 11, 2012
On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2013 Defense Appropriations bill by voice vote. The bill, which may come up on the House floor the week of July 16, provides $519.2 billion in non-war funding, an increase of $1.1 billion over the fiscal year 2012 level and $3.1 billion above the President’s request. The bill also contains $88.5 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), or war funding.
Jun 15, 2012
As was the case last year, the Senate Armed Services Committee does not impose policy or funding limitations on New START implementation or future changes to US nuclear policy, posture, and force size, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.
May 25, 2012
The House version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act provides $554 billion for national defense (function 050). The bill's policy provisions on nuclear weapons and missile defense didn't improve on the House floor, writes Kingston Reif.
May 21, 2012
Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are still stuck in the Cold War write Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA) and Kingston Reif in an Op-Ed in AOL Defense.
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