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
- "A Defense Budget Primer" Mary T. Tyszkiewicz and Stephen Deggett, CRS, 1998.
- "Comparison of the FY 2009 Senate and Defense Authorization Bills," Stephen Kosiak, CSBA, 2008.
- "Analysis of the FY2009 Defense Budget Request," Stephen Kosiak, CSBA, 2008.
- "The FY 2009 Defense Budget Request: The Growing Gap in Defense Spending," Baker Spring, Heritage Foundation 2008.
- "FY2009 Defense Budget: Issues for Congress" Stephen Daggett, Ronald O'Rourke, Lawrence Kapp, CRS, 2008.
- "Building a Military for the 21st Century: New Realities New Priorities" Lawrence J. Korb, Peter M. Juul et. al. Center for American Progress, 2008.
- "A Poisoned Chalice? The Crisis in National Security Planning, Programming and Budgeting" Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, 2008.
- "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11" Amy Belasco, CRS, 2008.
- "Financing Issues and Economic Effects of American Wars" Marc Labonte and Mindy Levit, CRS, 2008.
- "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.
- "Costs of the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Other Military Operations through 2008 and Beyond" Stephen M. Kosiak, CSBA, 2008. Charts
- "Long-Term Implications of the Fiscal Year 2009 Future Years Defense Budget," Congressional Budget Office, 2009. Charts
- "Testimony of Stephen M. Kosiak Director of Budget Studies Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Before the Committee on the Budget House of Representatives," United States House of Representatives, March 1, 2006.