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“Modest reforms to pay and compensation will improve readiness and modernization. It will help keep our all-volunteer force sustainable and strong. Keeping faith also means investing sufficient resources so that we can uphold our sacred obligations to defend the nation and to send our sons and daughters to war with only the best training, leadership and equipment. We can’t shrink from our obligations to one another. The stakes are too high.”

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Tuesday
Feb092010

Snowmageddon

Budget Insight will be back up and running just as soon as the snow stops falling and the government reopens. In the mean time, here's a list of family-friendly DC terms for the recent snowfall shenanigans:

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Wednesday
Feb032010

New CBO Study Projects Rising Unbudgeted Defense Costs for Next 20 Years

The CBO recently released a report on the long-term implications of the FY 2010 defense budget passed in December 2009. CBO estimates that real defense costs will, on average, exceed planned baseline projections by about $59 billion annually for the next 20 years.

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Monday
Feb012010

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: Separating the U.S. civilian and defense missions

The State Department and USAID are in the midst of conducting an unprecedented Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which is intended to bolster the civilian capabilities of U.S. statecraft.

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Monday
Feb012010

President's FY 2011 Budget Request Released

The Executive branch’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request has been released. Fact sheets for the Department of Defenseand Department of State and other international programs can be found online from OMB, as well as budget breakdowns by topic and for other departments. The overall federal budget request for FY2011 totals $3.8 trillion.

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Monday
Feb012010

The 2010 QDR is Online

The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has been released and is available online. The QDR is a legislatively-mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities and sets the long-term course for DOD.

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Friday
Jan292010

The Grab Bag: Early looks at procurement in the upcoming defense budget

Several articles by Inside Defense examine procurement and defense spending in the upcoming FY2011 budget request. Budget Insight provides a summary of these insightful critiques.

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Friday
Jan292010

Eyes on the Budget: Anticipating the February 1 Documents

A significant set of national security documents will appear next week. The Administration will deliver its FY 2011 budget request to the Congress on Monday, February 1. At the same time, the Defense Department will unveil its new Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) setting out the guidelines for DOD’s planning and budgeting for the next four years.

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Thursday
Jan282010

SOTU Reaction Takeaways

From policy wonks to your average Joe, reactions to President Obama's State of the Union address are everywhere. Highlighted below are a handful of responses, including topics on international affairs, national security, and the military.

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Wednesday
Jan272010

CBO’s Budget Outlook Further Confirms Tough Choices Lie Ahead

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address this evening, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its most recent analysis of the outlook for the budget and the economy.

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Friday
Jan222010

Trends in Defense Spending

The Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) released two reports this week on long-term trends in defense spending and the current fiscal dilemma:

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Thursday
Jan212010

Pentagon wins turf war with State over military aid

Josh Rogin's article in Foreign Policy highlights the current state of play between DOD and State over US foreign and security assistance, with DOD coming out ahead.

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Thursday
Jan212010

FY 2010 Defense Bill Wrap-Up

About this time last year, we examined the critical FY 2010 defense budget issues facing Congress and the newly-elected administration. With the last of the FY 2010 appropriations bills passing last month, what happened?

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Wednesday
Jan202010

Raising the Debt Ceiling

Congress is back in session today and one of the issues it must deal with is whether or not to raise the national debt ceiling. Congress is expected to raise the bar by a reported $1.0 - $1.8 trillion, totaling nearly $14 trillion, as the Treasury Department has estimated that the government will exceed its borrowing limits in February if the debt limit is not raised.

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Wednesday
Jan132010

Top News Story: Obama to ask for $33 billion more to Fund War Costs

An AP Exclusive released this morning confirms that the Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in an emergency supplemental appropriations bill.

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Tuesday
Jan122010

Defense Budget Increases Inadequate to Support the Military’s Plans and Programs

While many expect a minimal topline increase for defense spending again in FY 2011 (one to two percent real growth), this modest bump is still insufficient to pay all the Pentagon bills. The underfunding of defense plans has become predictable and why many analysts discount as unrealistic Pentagon budget outyear projections.

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Monday
Jan112010

Militarization of US Foreign Policy: Why it Matters to DOD

The toolkit of American engagement has begun to tilt increasingly to the military side. With more than 500,000 troops deployed overseas, widespread quasi-diplomatic responsibilities in the hands of regional Combatant Commanders, two significant conflicts underway, and a growing DOD portfolio of security and foreign assistance authorities, DOD and the military could now be said to be the “leading edge” of American statecraft.

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Thursday
Jan072010

Buying National Security

Gordon Adams and Cindy Williams have written a new book!  Buying National Security provides a roadmap for readers on how national security budgets come together, de-mystifying the institutions, organizations, processes and politics that support planning and resource allocation.  The tools of American statecraft −defense, diplomacy and public diplomacy, foreign assistance, intelligence, and homeland security− are rarely considered together, and Buying National Security uniquely examines how America plans and pays for its global role and safety at home.  It is the only study of cross-government budgeting for national security that has ever been written and is an important reference for anyone interested in how America plans and pays for its global role and safety at home.

Monday
Jan042010

Despite Cries for Offsetting Costs, Emergency Supplemental Inevitable

The Center for American Progress recently released a report offering several recommendations for the Obama administration regarding the funding of troop escalation in Afghanistan. As has been widely reported, the additional 30,000 troops will cost at least $30 billion. This amount was not included in the recently passed $636 billion FY 2010 defense budget.

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Tuesday
Dec292009

Hybrid Threats Require a Hybrid Government

Today, conflict is democratized, not in the sense of bicameral legislatures but strategic influence in the hands of non-state actors empowered by falling barriers to information acquisition, packaging and dissemination as well as easy access to the means of destruction and disruption, physical and virtual.

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Sunday
Dec202009

Gordon Adams on Defense News TV

Gordon Adams is featured in the latest episode of This Week in Defense News, with Vago Muradian. Gordon discusses the $100 billion increase in the Defense budget between FY 2011-FY2015. Check it out here.

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