Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense

Stimson's Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program vision is to improve American national security at a lower cost to the American people. We seek to strengthen the capacity and capability of the US government to frame, resource, and execute foreign and national security policies and programs.

We provide pragmatic options for strengthening civilian foreign policy institutions and providing discipline and focus to defense institutions, with a particular focus on human and fiscal resources, structures, and planning and budgeting processes, and authorities. We communicate our analyses and proposals to policymakers, the media, and interested organizations working in the foreign policy and national security fields.

Budget Analysis

Our Budget Analysis series provides independent, objective analysis that offers essential context on the national security budget process and illuminates policy choices made within it. See our Foreign Affairs and Defense pages for an archive of our analyses.


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