Security Spending Analysis Archive
Dec 11, 2013
“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
A detailed summary of the US Army's M1 Abrams Tank.
Dec 4, 2013
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
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
A detailed summary of TRICARE; the US military's civilian healthcare program.
Nov 19, 2013
A detailed summary of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
Nov 4, 2013
"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 30, 2013
A detailed summary of the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
Oct 25, 2013
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 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.
Oct 16, 2013
"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The fundamental problems are an outdated strategy, misallocation of resources, and wasteful expenditures on projects that do not enhance security," writes Lt.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.
Jun 11, 2013
Kingston Reif analyzes the key nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and missile defense provisions in the House Armed Services Committee Version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Authorization Bill.
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.
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