Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces. READ MORE

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

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

February 10, 2016 | Stimson Spotlight

By Richard Sokolsky and Gordon Adams:  READ MORE

November 19, 2015 | Stimson Spotlight

U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs have come under a lot of fire recently. The failure of the $500 million program to train and equip moderate opposition forces in Syria is the latest example. READ MORE

From the Islamic State in the Middle East to rising cyber security challenges, the United States is facing a shifting security landscape that raises questions about how to effectively prioritize defense budget spending. READ MORE

October 3, 2014 | Stimson Spotlight

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? READ MORE

August 8, 2014 | Stimson Spotlight

The White House is hosting a major summit of African leaders this week. Elected and unelected heads of state and officials from nearly 50 African countries are in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of the U.S. relationship with Africa. READ MORE

Gordon Adams, distinguished fellow in Stimson's Budgeting For Foreign Affairs and Defense program, was a guest on Defense News Febuary 2, discussing the 2014 State of the Union, the Defense budget, and other topics. READ MORE

February 4, 2014 | Stimson Spotlight

Beyond the emotional and tragic tale of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, President Barack Obama's State of the Union address didn't say much about defense, beyond an anodyne phrase: "And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform and invest in the capabilities they need to succeed in future missions." READ MORE

Stimson Co-founder Barry Blechman and Distinguished Fellow Gordon Adams both raised their profile in the Defense News 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense. Blechman went from #96 in 2012 to #85 this year, while Adams rose from #75 last year to #73. READ MORE

December 16, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

As night fell on Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the two-year budget deal carved out by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan -- but the fallout is not nearly over. It is rapidly changing the atmosphere in Washington, D.C. about budgeting. And it is a gift, of sorts, to the Pentagon, as they have quickly realized. READ MORE

December 6, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

Let's get this straight: the Defense Department and the defense industry survived the sequester. But you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise, given a year of dire forecasts from the aerospace industry that 2013 would see the decline and fall of the economy -- and with it America's military capability. READ MORE

October 25, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

The shutdown/debt ceiling/budget crisis may be over, for now. But inside the Beltway, most folks who care about defense issues and the military continue to bang away at the assumed "damage" that sequestration and these budget battles are doing to America's military capabilities. READ MORE

September 12, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

Stimson Center experts have been sharing their insights and analysis about the civil war in Syria with policymakers and the public since the conflict began more than two years ago. READ MORE