On February 9, President Obama released his fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal, which includes $523.9 billion for the “base” budget and an additional $58.8 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) slush fund account. Combined with other defense-related funding, this budget is higher than during any year of the Cold War. But hawks in Congress are already requesting an additional $15-23 billion. Read the Center’s full and easily digestible budget analysis to learn more.
Ted Cruz Calls for Drastic Military Spending Increases
On February 16, Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz unveiled his defense strategy – and it’s a disaster. Even though gross domestic product (GDP) and defense spending have absolutely no connection, Cruz proposes spending at least 4 percent of GDP on defense every year of his presidency. This would increase defense spending by $2.6 trillion (with a T!) over eight years, according to one analysis. Stay tuned to see what our experts have to say about the Cruz proposal.
In the meantime, check out this graphic showcasing why General Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says our military has not been gutted – a common complaint of many hawks in Congress and beyond.
Retired General Joseph Hoar, a member of the Center’s National Advisory Board, recently led a delegation of senior officers from the National Defense University to Jordan, where they met His Majesty King Abdullah II to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq, as well as international terrorism. Learn more about the high-level meeting.
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, who currently holds an abysmal approval rating, is really feeling the heat. In a sign of pure desperation, he called Council-endorsed candidate Tammy Duckworth a “naïve fool not fit for office.” This is the same Tammy Duckworth who served as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. This is the same Tammy Duckworth who lost
both of her legs after her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
This is the same decorated veteran Tammy Duckworth who has steadfastly endorsed the value of diplomacy over war. Learn more about Tammy and her remarkable career.
Council endorsed House candidate Nancy Rotering, the current Mayor of Highland Park, Illinois, is facing a tough primary against Brad Schneider. This week, her support for the successful Iran Deal, an agreement that Schneider opposes, was lauded by a supporter in a Letter to the Editor in the Chicago Tribune. Check out the letter to learn more about Nancy and her positions.