“Threat reduction should not be the bill payer for weapons modernization. This request craters non-proliferation programs that keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists,” said John Isaacs, executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “We should prioritize such programs that actively enhance national security instead of over budget, unrealistic and behind schedule nuclear weapons programs.”
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“Congressional leaders are coming to realize that Pentagon spending is coming down as the wars are coming to an end. Smart strategy has to be employed to make sure we reduce spending in the right way,” said Laicie Heeley, director of defense policy at the Center. “In future years, appropriators have to begin to reshape spending to address 21st century threats and not those of the past.”
“The Republican leadership seems stuck in the Cold War, authorizing hundreds of million on nuclear weapons and missile defense programs that military leaders did not request,” said Reif. “Pentagon spending should be driven by strategic need and affordability.”
“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.”
“The completion of the Strategic Choices Management Review by the Pentagon is a positive sign that the Department is taking seriously the reality of sequestration,” said Laicie Heeley, Director of Defense Policy at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “The Secretary and Vice Chairman have spelled out future options showing that smart and strategic reductions in Pentagon spending can, in fact, enhance national security.”
Isaacs stated, “The House and Senate Armed Services Committee pride themselves on passing a bill, which they have done for 51 straight years – they don’t want to be the committee that wrote the bill which was vetoed.”
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“Despite a bipartisan coalition in Congress to reshape Pentagon spending, the political will to make difficult decisions about specific Defense Department programs is low,” said Heeley.
“For too long Cold War ideology, special interests and a ‘this-is-the-way-we-do-things’ mentality has controlled the strategy and checkbook of the Pentagon,” said Laicie Heeley, senior policy analyst at The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “U.S. national security needs to be based on a sound strategy that meets 21st century security threats, including the threat posed by our ballooning debt.”
The United States will face a fiscal cliff at the end of the year. Achieving a balanced solution is the only way to avert fiscal calamity and ensure America’s budget reflects our national priorities.