Recommended Reading

Aid Agencies in Afghanistan Fear Reversals After U.S. Exit.” Rod Nordland. The New York Times. December 5, 2011. 

Pentagon spending cuts: Dangerous or just overdue?” Pauline Jelinek. cnsnews.com. November 16, 2011.

Foreign Aid is Investment in U.S. ‘Security and Prosperity,’ Say 5 Former Secretaries of State.” Patrick Goodenough. cnsnews.com. November 15, 2011.

Anti-Peace Amendments on the Docket.” Friends Committee on National Legislation. November 10, 2011.

Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. Bill introduced by Senator John Kerry. A press release from Senator Kerry’s office summarizing the objectives and main tenets of the bill can be found here

Summary of how funding for the UN budget may be affected by US budget cuts. United Nations Association of the US .

Foreign Aid Set to Take a Hit in U.S. Budget Crisis.” Steven Lee Meyers. The New York Times. October 3, 2011.

Letter to the Super Committee from Rep. Markey and 64 House members.

-This letter calls on the Super Committee to cut the nuclear weapons budget rather than cutting funding for social welfare programs.

McKeon’s ‘Unique Defense Industry’.” Gordon Adam’s blog. November 3, 2011.

Bombs, Bridges and Jobs.” By Paul Krugman. The New York Times. October 30, 2011.

-An op-ed piece in which Krugman discusses the reasons why the “weaponized Keynesians” in our government seem to “prefer spending on destruction to spending on construction, prefer building weapons to building bridges.”

What We Bought: Defense Procurement from FY01 to FY10.” By Russell Rumbaugh. October 28, 2011.

-A report from the Stimson Center which “analyzes procurement funding of the last decade and demonstrates that though each of the services has followed a different approach in allocating these funds, they share a similar result: the services capitalized on funding to modernize their forces, especially the major weapons programs that constitute the heart of the services’ capabilities.”

The Bloated Nuclear Weapons Budget.” The New York Times. October 29, 2011.

-An editorial arguing for the scaling-back of our country’s nuclear programs, especially as a way to save vital funds during this time of crucial budgetary debates, and proposing additional ways for our government to move forward in a more fiscally responsible manner.

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