Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


We can't afford to spend more money on war in Iraq

Over the past decade, American taxpayers have sunk more than $816 billion into funding the war in Iraq. 


NPP's Work: Spotlight on Military Spending

We recently re-launched a major portion of our website, organizing our federal budget research content into eight issue areas. This week, we bring you key highlights on military and security spending.


Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

It's that time of year. Taxes are due on April 15. But where do our tax dollars actually go?  Here's the answer.


The President's Budget in Pictures

Today we released The President's 2015 Budget in Pictures, a series of colorful charts telling the story of the priorities in the president's budget.


The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War, Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More

How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More 


How Would You Spend $3.9 Trillion?

Here are the five things you absolutely need to know about President Obama's proposal to spend $3.9 trillion in 2015


National Priorities Project Reacts to President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

President Obama today released his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal, a plan that includes new manufacturing institutes, job training, and the president’s signature initiative of universal pre-kindergarten education. Here are the highlgihts of what the budget contains.


Secretary Hagel's Cuts Don’t Translate into Less Spending

Yesterday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a major speech at the Pentagon, and a bold headline ran in The New York Times announcing that the Pentagon would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels. While the speech did announce cutbacks in a number of military programs, the Pentagon isn’t planning any major reductions in spending any time soon.


Wow! National Priorities Project nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

National Priorities Project has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau.


What Is An Omnibus?

An omnibus in London/ Photo by Gene Hunt.  A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was unveiled last night in Congress to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year. The bill will be voted on by the end of the week. But what exactly is an “omnibus”? In...