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Decrease U.S. Military Spending No. 423

Adopted 1994
Reaffirmed 1996
Reaffirmed 1997
Amended 1998
Amended 1999
Amended 2001
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Amended 2003
Amended 2006
Reaffirmed 2007
                Since the end of the Cold War, the first Bush and Clinton Administrations decreased annual military spending from the Cold War peak by a modest 15 percent.
President Bush, in his recent budget proposal, plans to increase military spending to $343.5 billion in fiscal 2002, an increase of $30 billion from fiscal 2001. Much of these funds will be designated for the development of National Missile Defense.
                While we commend President Bush’s campaign promise to reduce the U.S. stockpiling of nuclear weapons, there is no credible rationale for the level of military spending sought by the Administration. Our military budget is equal to that of the next 14 nations combined, and to increase drastically our military budget at a time of economic troubles and unmet domestic need, is irresponsible and impedes our ability to invest in America’s future.
                An accurate and reasonable evaluation of the Pentagon’s post-Cold War needs would make possible massive reductions of defense spending.  In any case, the U.S. military strategy itself is not justified, since it assumes a U.S. role of policeman of the world, supplanting and undermining the role of the UN.
                ADA supports continued base closings. ADA urges no funding for development and deployment of a Star Wars’ ballistic missile defense, which violates the ABM Treaty.      
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423  Foreign and Military Policy Commission