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Congress Can’t Avoid its Budget Responsibility

Jul 18, 2012

Congress Can’t Avoid its Budget Responsibility

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.


All Sequestration Articles

Mar 27, 2014

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

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

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending

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

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

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

Chuck Hagel Confirmation Hearing: 3 Reasons It Matters

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

On to the Next Cliff

Congress simply postponed its tough decisions on federal spending until March, writes Laicie Heeley in the San Antonio Express.

Sep 20, 2012

Both parties mislead on defense spending

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

Ryan’s Defense Budget Plays Partisan Politics Over Strategic Thinking

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

CLW Board Member Col. Richard Klass (USAF, ret.) Quoted on the Defense Budget in The Telegraph

“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

Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead

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

Aug 7, 2012

Fact Sheet: The Budget Control Act and Sequestration

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

Laicie Olson quoted by National Journal on sequestration

Senior Policy Analyst Laicie Olson was quoted by Kevin Baron in the Saturday, July 21, 2012 edition of National Journal.

Feb 22, 2012

Pentagon Should Be Preparing for Sequestration Ax

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.

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