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No First Use: The Way to Contain Nuclear War in South Asia

Major news media and think tanks have written and broadcast repeatedly about efforts to prevent nuclear war in South Asia, but relatively little attention has been paid to containment should a conflict between India and Pakistan break out. Even a limited nuclear exchange in South Asia would kill millions and have adverse environmental effects far […]

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Monday, March 5, 2012

Infographic: Keeping Wasteful Defense Spending vs. Helping Vets

Melissa Boteach, Lawrence J. Korb, and Alex Rothman ask whether we really need another nuclear missile in our well-stocked arsenal when that funding could help a returning veteran find a job.

By Melissa Boteach, Lawrence J. Korb, and Alex Rothman | Friday, March 2, 2012

The Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Budget: A Report Card

article icon Issue Brief Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman grade the Pentagon's latest budget request.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, February 13, 2012

Panetta’s Trimmed Defense Budget Is a Good First Step—but It Isn’t Enough

Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Alex Rothman take a long view on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s budget reductions and find that we’ll need to do more in the coming years to bring military spending under control.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Alex Rothman | Friday, January 27, 2012

President Obama’s Defense Readjustments Shaped by New Strategic and Fiscal Realities

President Obama is wise to use the U.S. drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan as a turning point to update and improve U.S. national security strategy, write Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, January 6, 2012

Defense in an Age of Austerity

article icon Issue Brief Sensible reductions in the defense budget must be part of the solution to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order, writes Lawrence J. Korb.

By Alex Rothman and Lawrence J. Korb | Friday, January 6, 2012

What Iraq Pullout Means to the Budget

Ending the war in Iraq is a major step toward putting the United States on a more sustainable fiscal path, write Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Monday, October 24, 2011

House Holds Defense Bill Hostage to Social Prejudices

The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act seeks to prevent military chaplains from performing same-sex marriages, setting up a possible failure to pass a defense funding bill, explain Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, October 14, 2011

Open Letter to the Super Committee

To address the national debt and our faltering economy, the super committee must take the opportunity to reduce defense spending to more responsible levels, write Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nation Building at Home

article icon Issue Brief Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman discuss the bipartisan opportunity to rebuild our nation through sensible and sustainable defense cuts.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Monday, September 26, 2011

Reasons to Keep Our Word—U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman on why the United States should stick its December 31, 2011 deadline for withdrawal from Iraq.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Defense Cuts After the Debt Deal

Several organizations and individuals across the political spectrum have put out plans to reduce defense spending, and many of their suggested cuts overlap.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Sam Klug, and Alex Rothman | Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Return to Responsibility

book_alt2 icon Report Lawrence Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman explain how the president and Congress can learn from past presidents who cut the budget and brought defense spending into balance.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman | Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sensible Defense Cuts

Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman lay out CAP’s recommendations for saving $150 billion in defense spending annually without harming U.S. security.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman | Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Historical Perspective on Defense Budgets

Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman look back on how previous presidents brought defense spending into balance.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman | Wednesday, July 6, 2011