Military Experts Respond to Sec. Hagel’s FY15 Budget Preview

“Dollars spent is not the measure of merit for our security any more than it is for our health care system,” said Col. (USAF ret.) Richard Klass. “The measure of merit is whether our spending matches our strategy and the current and future threats. Clearly there are reductions, such as outmoded nuclear systems and unneeded bases, whose reduction would increase our security by strengthening our fiscal integrity.”

Center Releases In-Depth Study of the Conference Version of the FY2013 NDAA

“While the NDAA covers a broad spectrum of national security issues, the House version raised some serious concern for the future of nuclear weapons and non-proliferation programs,” said John Isaacs, Executive Director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “Fortunately, the conferees watered down or eliminated many of the objectionable nuclear provisions including limitations on the implementation of the New START treaty.”

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.”

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire: NDAA Moves to House Floor

WHAT: The House of Representative will consider a host of issues including: the authorization of $250 million for an East Coast missile defense site; new funds for nuclear weapons, including the B61 life extension program and $85 billion related to the Afghanistan War. The panel of experts will explain the military, technical and political implications of these programs and other during a press call on:

Nukes, the Shaheen Amendment, Afghanistan and Spending Money on Unneeded Programs

Key arms control and national security policy differences remain to be resolved by the House-Senate conference committee including the East Coast missile defense system, withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, strategic arms reductions under the New START Treaty, the Shaheen amendment to protect military victims of sexual violence and funding for the next generation of Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarines, long-range bombers and the plutonium research facility at Los Alamos.