Center for American Progress. October 31, 2012.
During a new century in which a military approach to security has taken precedence over U.S. national security policy as a whole, absorbing a larger share of federal resources, we need a unified conception of security, one which can be achieved through a balance between the strategies of “offense” (military forces), “defense” (homeland security), and “prevention” (nonmilitary international engagement). [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/UnifiedSecurityBudget.pdf [PDF format, 119 pages].
Center for a New American Security. May 23, 2012.
Maintaining the U.S. military’s global pre-eminence is vital to protecting American interests and promoting American values. However, the Pentagon still has not enacted the types of reforms that are necessary to sustain that pre-eminence into the future. The reality of constrained defense budgets presents DOD with an opportunity to adopt reforms that will make the U.S. military more effective as well as less expensive. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State. Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, DC. February 28, 2012.
Secretary Clinton highlights five National Security & Foreign Policy priorities in the FY 2013 International Affairs Budget.
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/02/184847.htm [HTML format].
Congressional Research Service. January 6, 2012.
Some in the 112th Congress view the foreign affairs budget as a place to cut funds in order to reduce the budget deficit. Others, including Members of Congress of both political parties, view a robust foreign affairs budget as essential for America’s national security and foreign policy interests. This report analyzes the FY2012 request and congressional action related to FY2012 State- Foreign Operations legislation. The Summary, “Introduction” and “Recent Developments” sections, and appendix tables in this version of the report have been updated to reflect enactment of P.L. 112-74, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY2012.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/180683.pdf [PDF format, 35 pages].
Congressional Research Service. January 3, 2012.
Unmanned aerial systems comprise a rapidly growing portion of the military budget, and have been a long-term interest of Congress. At times, Congress has encouraged the development of such systems; in other instances, it has attempted to rein in or better organize the Department of Defense’s efforts. Their use in conflicts such as Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and humanitarian relief operations such as Haiti, revealed the advantages and disadvantages provided by unmanned aircraft. Congressional considerations include the proper pace, scope, and management of DOD UAS procurement; appropriate investment priorities for UAS versus manned aircraft; UAS future roles and applications; legal issues arising from the use of UAS; issues of operational control and data management; personnel issues; industrial base issues; and technology proliferation.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/180677.pdf [PDF format, 55 pages].