RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

August 16, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

There's a joke about lawyers (one of many) that goes, "What do you call 10,000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea?" The answer, for those who think we have too many lawyers (well over 1.2 million, according to the American Bar Association), is "a good start." READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

Budget discipline notwithstanding, elected officials have strong incentives to support wasteful or unnecessary spending as long as it takes place in their states and districts. READ MORE

Gordon Adams recently published an op-ed in U.S. News and World Report entitled, It Is Time for Discipline, Defense. In the piece, Adams argues that cutting the defense budget is managable, and will still leave behind a globally dominant force. READ MORE

Dr. Gordon Adams testified before the House Budget Committee, on "Budgeting for America's National Security."  Click here to read his prepared testimony. READ MORE

The foreign policy machinery in the Obama administration is finally grinding away on a difficult long-term policy and institutional problem: What should the US development and foreign assistance strategy be? Such an examination raises a seemingly endless set of questions: What roles should the Defense Department, State Department, and USAID play in the development, security, and foreign assistance mix?  READ MORE

By Gordon Adams - The foreign policy machinery in the Obama administration is finally grinding away on a difficult long-term policy and institutional problem: What should the US development and foreign assistance strategy be? READ MORE

Stimson's Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project released its new report on security assistance policies, programs, and authorities: READ MORE

January 4, 2011 | Opinion

The United States faces a watershed moment: it must decide whether to increase its already massive debt in order to continue being the world’s sheriff or restrain its military missions and focus on economic recovery. READ MORE

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marked up its version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on June 18 and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) concluded its markup on July 2. The Senate bill is currently under debate on the floor. READ MORE

House lawmakers want the State Department to handle aid to Pakistan. READ MORE

The first 100 days of any administration are filled with tough choices and breaks from past policies. This administration is no different. READ MORE

The next war--the battle for even more defense spending--is now under way. Major weapons program manufacturers are worried that Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be serious about looking for "hard choices" that need to be made in the Pentagon's procurement program. For READ MORE

January 14, 2009 | Report

The Obama Administration came into office with the promise of change and now faces the practitioner's dillema - where do we start? Stimson, a think tank devoted to nonpartisan research and analysis, presents a set of practical steps the new Administration can act on right away. READ MORE

"Our diplomatic leaders - be they in ambassadors' suites or on the State Department's seventh floor - must have the resources and political support needed to fully exercise their statutory responsibilities in leading American foreign policy." READ MORE