Oct 30, 2014
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.
All Sequestration Articles
Dec 10, 2014
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
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.
Oct 20, 2014
After adjusting for inflation, the overall trend in base U.S. defense spending has increased since 2001. Since the end of the war in Iraq, however, total spending has declined slightly and, over the last three years, the base budget has plateaued. This is largely due to spending caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Apr 24, 2014
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 27, 2014
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.
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.
Apr 12, 2013
The Obama administration has requested a base budget of $526.6 billion for fiscal year 2014. This represents a mere $900 million decrease, or just under two tenths of a percentage point from the FY13 base budget approved by Congress prior to sequestration.
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.
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.
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 29, 2012
“We’re not going to fall off a cliff. We’re going to run smack into that cliff,” retired Air Force Col. Dick Klass told a public meeting of about 50 people Wednesday at Georgia Tech.
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.
Jul 19, 2012
Senior Policy Analyst Laicie Olson was quoted by Kevin Baron in the Saturday, July 21, 2012 edition of National Journal.
Feb 22, 2012
Lt. General Gard and Laicie Olson's op-ed "Pentagon Should Be Preparing for Sequestration Ax" was originally published in Roll Call on February 29, 2012.