Center board member Lt. Gen. Robert Gard and Sarah Tully argue that the President should scrap plans for a new nuclear cruise missile.
Top 10 Reasons Obama Should Veto the Defense Authorization Bill
On October 21, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin G. Hatch formally completed action on the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and sent it to President Obama. The president now has ten calendar days, excluding Sunday, to either veto or sign the bill. Here are ten reasons the president should veto the NDAA.
Sarah Tully for The Hill: The Syria Snafu
Research and Policy Assistant Sarah Tully published this op-ed in The Hill on the $500 million program that resulted in only a few trained Syrian soldiers.
U.S. Defense Spending Vs. Global Defense Spending
According to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database 2015, in 2014, the U.S. approved $609.9 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2014 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, money allocated for the Pentagon in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and defense related activities in the 050 budget function. It also includes Department of Energy-administered atomic energy defense activities.
Factsheet: FY 2016 Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation Budget Request
By Greg Terryn and Sarah Tully Since 2004, the NNSA’s nuclear non-proliferation programs have facilitated the removal of all weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) from 17 countries—165 bombs worth of nuclear material. Nevertheless, “nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe,” according to the Nuclear Threat […]