Scientists Working Group member Greg Koblentz was quoted in Roll Call about potential cuts to the Biological Threat Reductions Program budget. Gregory Koblentz, an associate professor at George Mason University and director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at the university’s Schar School of Policy and Government, said the Pentagon’s biological threats program increases America’s warning […]
Note: summary based on Senate Armed Services Committee press release. Top Line Funding Totals $740.5 billion: Total funding supported in the bill: $636.4 billion: Department of Defense discretionary base $ 25.9 billion: Department of Energy discretionary base $ 69.0 billion: Overseas Contingency Operations $ 9.1 billion: Defense-related activities outside the bill’s jurisdiction Shipbuilding Authorizes $21.3 billion for […]
Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke with Responsible Statecraft about lessons a pandemic can teach the United States about defense spending. Alexandra Bell, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said the coronavirus pandemic lays bare mismanaged national security priorities that assume a strong, well-equipped military is the key to security. […]
Total Nuclear Weapons Spending in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request Total Spending $48.7 billion Department of Defense $28.9 billion Department of Energy $19.8 billion [Sources: Department of Defense: FY 2021 Budget Briefing; Department of Energy: FY 2021 Congressional Budget Request for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Volume 1] DoD Nuclear Weapons Funding Request for Selected Systems Allocated to: […]
Every year, the Trump Administration has sought to cut the State Department’s budget. Investing in diplomacy through a strong and well-funded State Department is a key part of keeping the United States safe, and should be a funding priority.