Defense Budget and Top Line Debate

Years of spending increases and program cost inflation has led to an ever increasing defense budget. The defense supplemental and DOD top line budgets both require careful study and analysis to better understand what these numbers mean in practice. Large amounts of the recent GWOT supplemental have been used for non-war funding; how is this debate evolving and will these costs be folded into the Pentagon's normative budget? What is the current state of the debate on FY2010 budget levels and what options do leaders have?

reports - think tanks, government

Editorials/Briefs

  • "No Time to Cut Defense" Robert Kagan, Washington Post, February 3, 2009.
  • "Rumored Weapons Cuts Would Hurt Local Economies Hard" Loren B. Thompson, Lexington Institute, February 10, 2009.
  • "Defense Spending Would Be Great Stimulus" Martin Feldstein, Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2008.
  • "Increasing the U.S. Defense Budget Won't Stimulate the Economy" Gordon Adams, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 10, 2009.

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