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FY 2010 “Unified Security Budget” Report Now Available November 20, 2009

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The FY 2010 Unified Security Budget (USB) report, produced by Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, highlights the disparity in investment between the Pentagon and other security-related spending, and argues for a shift in emphasis in US security policy toward a less militarized approach, such as preventive diplomacy and homeland security.

As stated in the press release, “The needle tracking the overall balance of spending on offense (military forces), defense (homeland security) and prevention (non-military foreign engagement) stayed stubbornly in place. In the FY 2010 request, like the one before it, 87% of the nation’s security resources were allocated to the tools of military force. This is true even excluding the appropriations for wars the country is currently fighting.”

The USB makes a number of recommendations on how the government and Congress might improve the national security budget process, including, among others, additional planning guidance in the Executive Office of the President, budget documentation at OMB and CBO that consolidates security budget information, and changes and reform in Congress and to the budget process.

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