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

November 4, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

Nuclear weapons are the most potent destructive force known to humanity. Yet, even though the United States enjoys a dominant geopolitical position in the world, underpinned by a conventional military superiority greater than any ever known before, U.S. nuclear policies and doctrines remain encumbered by Cold War beliefs in the potential utility of these weapons of mass destruction.

July 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

With the recent Iran agreement, Stimson Fellow Laicie Heeley discusses what the deal brings for the long term and what it means for those involved.

June 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman

The Army Goes to School: The Connection Between K-12 Education Standards and the Military-Base Economy finds that the quality of education available to soldiers’ children could be a retention issue for the Army.

May 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

Stimson's Laicie Heeley discusses the ongoing Iran negotiations and the role Congress has played thus far.

May 14, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

A new report finds that the U.S. has mistakenly pursued a nuclear strategy that is costly and out of touch with 21st century security needs. 

May 13, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

Stimson's Co-Founder Barry Blechman discusses the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and what’s at stake if negotiations fail.

May 7, 2015 | EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman , EXPERT: Paul Holtom

The Stimson Center announced today that Paul Holtom and Matthew Leatherman have been appointed as Nonresident Fellows for the Managing Across Boundaries initative.

April 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The Stimson Center announced today the appointment of Laicie Heeley as a Fellow for the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense (BFAD) program. Heeley will lead the Center’s work on the U.S. defense budget and U.S. defense strategy.

February 9, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his core domestic constituencies while trying to undermine Republican claims he is weak on defense.

February 4, 2015 | EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman

Over the past ten days, Congress has received two reports that, taken together, raise the possibility of changing regular service-member’s compensation in favor of preserving layers of management above them and the missions those managers assign to them.

January 13, 2015 | EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman

Imagine a business that’s restructuring costs. The idea is to restrain employee compensation and free up money for operations and investment, thus allowing the company to grow.

October 15, 2014

With nuclear technology the adage that “you can’t put the genie back in the bottle” is widely used. What if we are standing at the threshold of a technology that we could keep in the bottle before it runs amok in the international system? 

October 3, 2014 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

From Afghanistan to Mali to Iraq, training and equipping other countries' militaries has a terrible track record. Why would we want to make it a permanent part of U.S. strategy?

September 25, 2014 | EXPERT: Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

General David G. Perkins, the Commander of US Army Training and Doctrine Command, joined Stimson Chairman Amb. Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., for the latest installment of Stimson's Chairman's Forum series.

September 16, 2014

The Air Force very quietly released a Request for Proposal (RFP) this summer for the new Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B). With a purported fly away cost of $550 million per aircraft — but with estimates up to $810 million — the LRS-B will be one of the largest acquisition programs in history with broad strategic implications to the end of this century.
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