Posts Tagged ‘State’

A Unified Security Budget for the United States FY2012

Task Force on A Unified Security Budget Institute for Policy Studies, July 2011.
http://defensealt.org/Hzgu7x

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Assessing the QDR and 2011 defense budget

Gordon Adams. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 02 March 2010.
http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/gordon-adams/assessing-the-qdr-and-2011-defense-budget

Excerpt:

…there is a core assumption in the QDR and defense budget that near-term missions are going to last forever, particularly counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and stability operations. The case for this projection seems to be based on the idea that Iraq and Afghanistan are the model for future U.S. military operations. Here the QDR and defense budget miss the point completely. Iraq and Afghanistan were wars of choice, designed to overthrow a regime and rebuild those countries. Which other countries will we need to invade and rebuild in the future? Neither the QDR nor the budget provides any answers, calling into question the logic behind this premise.

Pentagon wins turf war with State over military aid

Josh Rogin. The Cable, 20 January 2010.
http://defensealt.org/HiIFt1

Excerpt:

One big chunk of funding at issue is in foreign security assistance, known as the “1206” account, which could total about $500 million next year. This is money used to do things like military training and joint operations with countries outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, such as Indonesia and Somalia.

Since the military doesn’t have the lead in those countries, the funding should flow through State, right? Well, not in 2011. The president’s budget will keep those funds in the Pentagon’s purse in its Feb. 1 budget release, following a pitched internal battle in which the State Department eventually conceded.

The 150/050 Balance: Budgeting for National Security

Gordon Adams. American University and the Stimson Center, 16 December 2009. PowerPoint presentation hosted on the Commonwealth Institute website.
http://www.comw.org/qdr/fulltext/0912adams.ppt

An Interview with Matthew Hoh

Derrick Crowe. Return Good for Evil, 21 November 2009.
http://returngood.com/2009/11/21/an-interview-with-matthew-hoh/

Excerpt:

How many recruits do they [al-Qaida] get per year? A hundred? Two hundred? The Muslim population is over a billion. You’re talking about such a small fraction. It’s really associated with such a fringe movement that we have to attack using human intelligence and using law enforcement techniques. Army brigade combat teams do not affect al-Qaida. Having 60,00 troops in Afghanistan is not affecting al-Qaida. …[T]he destruction of al-Qaida should be our priority…but we need to go after that organization as it exists and not with ground combat troops in Afghanistan.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States – FY2010

Miriam Pemberton. Institute for Policy Studies, 18 November 2009.
http://www.ips-dc.org/getfile.php?id=461

Excerpt

Because [the Obama administration’s 2010] military budget is larger, in real terms, than any of its Bush administration predecessors, 87 percent of our overall security resources are still allocated to the tools of military force. And because of this, the increases in spending on defense and prevention, as important as they are, amount to deckchair arranging on the ship of security spending. The goal of rebalanced security, as a budgetary matter, remains to be realized.

Integrating Security: Preparing for the National Security Threats of the 21st Century

Lawrence Korb, Sean Duggan, and Laura Conley. Center for American Progress, 18 November 2009.
http://defensealt.org/HQ6hXZ

Securitization of US Foreign Assistance Hinders Long Term Development Goals

Trice Kabundi. Budget Insight, 13 November 2009.
http://defensealt.org/HenDv2

Excerpt:

…during a USIP event on USAID’s Community Stabilization Program this past Tuesday. Panelist Nabil Al-Tikriti argued that “there exists such a thing as humanitarian space,” and the more the military either engaged in humanitarian assistance or linked objectives with those providing humanitarian assistance, NGO’s/relief workers would be affected and targeted. In his eyes, the DOD’s shift creates a situation where civilian relief workers are now often identified with “military men.”