Defense Budget

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Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2055)

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2055), an omnibus spending bill, was approved by the House on December 16, 2011. It awaits a vote by the Senate. Passage of the bill would avert a government shutdown and would fund many federal government entities through September 2012.

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National Defense Authorization Act, 2012

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 (HR 1540), authorizes "appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes." It received final approval on December 15, 2011.

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Hillary Hits the Mark

Author: Leslie H. Gelb
The Daily Beast

Leslie H. Gelb argues that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent remarks to the Economic Club of New York should compel foreign policy experts and political leaders to face the new 21st-century reality: that gross domestic product matters more than military might.

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Testimony Author: Max Boot

In his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Max Boot argues that the impact of budget cuts has the potential to devastate our armed forces and do more damage to their fighting capacity than any other external foe.

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CRS: The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11

Author: Amy Belasco

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.

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