Amy Belasco of the Congressional Research Service explains the estimated allocation for funds authorized by the enactment of the sixth FY2011 Continuing Resolution through March 18, 2011 and breaks down several cost components of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror.
Bipartisan plans for reining in the U.S. deficit have been billed as crucial for national security. Yet those plans have triggered debate on whether proposed defense and foreign affairs cuts themselves pose a security threat.
The Obama administration's proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get personnel costs under control.
One day after the Defense Department released the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy gives an assessment of U.S. defense policy over the short and long term.
Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR-the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration-join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.
Watch as Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, outlines the Obama administration's assessment of defense resources and priorities, and DOD's shifting relationships with Capitol Hill and the business community.
In the next military budget Congress must provide funding for a wholesale shift toward counterinsurgency to win two wars. At the same time, policymakers must be mindful of the need for another transformation to anticipate future wars.
President Obama's new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan has drawn praise from U.S. forces and international allies. But Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Adbul Rahim Wardak tells CFR.org that Washington's renewed commitment falls short of previous U.S. commitments.
A defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Pentagon's recent spending request should be seen not as a sign of shifting military strategy, but rather a rebalancing of defense priorities.
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