Stimson in the News

Matthew Leatherman quoted in International Business Times on the defense budget

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President Barack Obama had some dire warnings for Congress when he proposed his $4 trillion budget Monday: Cut it, and the military and the economy will suffer. But budget experts said Obama’s statement doesn’t reflect reality and is just the president defending his spending plan.

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Obama is asking for a $25 billion increase in the defense budget, which would balloon to $585 billion if his recommendation is passed by Congress. With a Republican-controlled Congress looking to reduce spending, that’s unlikely to happen. But it’s still possible to fund defense at a lower level than Obama’s request and still have military readiness, said Matthew Leatherman, adviser for foreign affairs and defense budgeting for the Stimson Center, a Washington nonpartisan global security think tank.

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