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Report: DoD Surpasses $1.4T in Post-9/11 War Spending

A new report from the Defense Department says the U.S. government has exceeded $1.46 trillion in direct war-related spending since Sept. 11, 2001. The 74-page DoD report obtained by Secrecy News provides details on war-related appropriations and expenditures, including costs of military operations, deployed troop support and personnel and equipment transportation, the Federation of American Scientists said …

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Report: Trump’s Proposed $54B Defense Budget Increase Would Top BCA Spending Limit

A Congressional Research Service report says President Donald Trump’s proposal to increase defense spending by $54 billion for fiscal 2018 would exceed the $549 billion spending cap under the Budget Control Act, GovExec reported Tuesday. Charles Clark writes that Trump has proposed cuts to domestic programs to offset 60 percent of the defense funding boost. …

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CRS: DoD’s R&D, Test & Evaluation Appropriations Hit $65.5B in Fiscal 2015

A Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists shows that the Defense Department’s research, development, testing and evaluation appropriations reached $65.5 billion in fiscal year 2015, which accounted for 48.2 percent of $135.8 billion in total federal R&D appropriations for that year. Steven Aftergood wrote in a …

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CRS: US Led Global Conventional Arms Trade in 2015

A new report from the Congressional Research Service says the U.S. continued to lead the world in global conventional armaments trade during 2015 as overall weapons orders decreased to $79.8 billion in 2015 from $89 billion in 2014. The report titled “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015” also revealed that the U.S. government’s global …

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FAS: James Clapper Asks Intell Agency Leaders to Help Review Data Classification Practices

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies to review guidelines for data classification and identify obsolete secrecy policies that should be removed, the Federation of American Scientists reported Wednesday. Steven Aftergood writes Clapper told intelligence agency directors in a March 23 memo obtained by FAS to “take a leading role in reducing …

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FAS: DoD Clearance Holders Drop 20% Since 2013

The Defense Department reduced its number of security clearance holders by 900,000 from fiscal year 2013 through the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 in an effort to address potential insider threats, the Federation of American Scientists reported Wednesday. Steven Aftergood wrote in a FAS blog post that there are approximately 3.7 million employees and …

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FAS: DOE Seeks 4% Funding Boost for Fiscal 2017 Nuclear Weapons Activities

A Congressional Research Service report says the Energy Department‘s fiscal 2017 budget request includes $12.9 billion to fund operations of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, according to the Federation of American Scientists. Steven Aftergood writes in a blog article published Monday the CRS report obtained by FAS shows that approximately $9.2 billion of the proposed …

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Pentagon Aims to Help US Partner Countries Build Defense Institutions

The Defense Department has issued a new directive that aims to help foreign allies develop their capacity and capabilities as part of DoD’s international security cooperation strategy, the Federation of American Scientists reported Thursday. Steven Aftergood writes the directive outlines responsibilities of DoD components to execute the Defense Institution Building initiative in U.S. partner …

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