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]. [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]. [PDF format, 76 pages].

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. [HTML format].


U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems

On January 24, 2012, in Defense, Foreign Policy, by editor3

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. [PDF format, 55 pages].