Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense

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Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense

Part of the Conventional Defense program, Stimson's Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program seeks to strengthen the capacity and capability of the United States government to frame, resource, and execute foreign and national security policies to improve American national security at a lower cost to the American people, with a focus to defense institutions.


Research and Analysis

May 23, 2017 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2017 supplemental request and Congress’ resulting appropriation have ushered in a new era of budgetary irresponsibility.

February 15, 2017 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The world has entered a new era of “gray zone” conflicts, ongoing shadow wars that present great strategic risk to the United States and the international community.

November 7, 2016

By Cameron Trainer: 

August 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

While the United States plans to make minor reductions in the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), it also plans to develop a wide range of new delivery systems, nuclear weapons, and nucle

June 21, 2016 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

Protecting  U.S. Security by Stretching and Reducing the Planned Nuclear Modernization Program

May 24, 2016 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, initially intended for “emergency” war funding, has been used increasingly for purposes far afield of its original design.

April 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

It’s a budget gimmick that would promote waste and push off hard choices about tomorrow’s nuclear arsenal.

April 6, 2016 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

President Obama 

March 31, 2016

Technology for Global Security announces launch of $1 million nuclear security grand challenge

February 17, 2016 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

The time for the annual defense budget drama is upon us. This long-running Washington show re-opened on Feb. 9, when U.S.

February 10, 2016 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

By Richard Sokolsky and Gordon Adams: 

February 2, 2016 | EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman

By Matthew Leatherman: Your first question is likely: 'We have American soldiers deployed in Egypt?'

December 15, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

The report release comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today during a time of heightened political tensions, military incidents, and nuclear rhetoric between East and West.

December 15, 2015 | EXPERT: Alex Bollfrass , EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

Europe is currently experiencing escalating political and military tensions that are rekindling fears of war between Russia and NATO. Any such conflict would inherently include a risk of nuclear weapons use.
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