The Evening CSIS: New Budget, New Approach, Could You Be Loved and More
March 16, 2017
It's Thursday, March 16.
President Donald Trump called for sharp cuts to spending on foreign aid, the arts, environmental protection, and public broadcasting to pay for a bigger military and a more secure border in a FY18 budget blueprint released today, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jeffrey Sparshott and Ted Mann report.
And, as Reuters’ Phil Stewart and Mike Stone report, President Trump is asking Congress to give the Pentagon about $2 billion for a "flexible" fund to use against ISIS over the next six months.
Plus, the Washington Post has created smart infographics: “What Trump cut in his budget.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Todd Harrison writes in a new commentary for Defense One that the Pentagon can’t properly train and support the people and weapons it already has. Simply adding more won’t solve the problem—and could undermine long-term readiness.
Also, see Heritage’s Romina Boccia's new commentary: “Trump’s ‘Skinny’ Budget Paves Way for a Leaner Government.”
And, see CFR’s Stewart Patrick’s commentary published today: “Trump’s Misguided National Security Budget: Every Problem is Not a Nail.”
The escalating threat from North Korea's nuclear program shows a clear need for a "new approach," US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today in Tokyo, as Reuters’ Elaine Lies and Kiyoshi Takenaka report.
Meanwhile, Reuters also reports that China today pledged a firm response if Japan stirs up trouble in the South China Sea, after Reuters reported on a Japanese plan to send its largest warship to the disputed waters.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive micro website “Beyond Parallel,” which studies North Korean aggression, among other topics.
And for all things South China Sea, visit CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
A letter bomb that exploded at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) office in Paris was sent from Greece, officials there say. The IMF employee who opened the letter received hand and face injuries, and staff were evacuated, as the BBC reports.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS report Turning Point for an interactive map of all terrorist incidents globally between 2012-2015.
In That Number
The size of the Trump administration’s FY18 base national defense budget. Source: CSIS’s Todd Harrison.
“Adding more forces creates more mouths to feed at a time when the military says existing units are already being starved.”
—CSIS’s Todd Harrison authored a new piece in Defense One today, “Trump’s Bigger Military Won’t Necessarily Make the US Stronger or Safer.”
CSIS’s Haim Malka authored a commentary in the Cipher Brief this week, “Tunisia Confronts the Next Phase in Its War Against Jihadi-Salafism.” See Foreign Fighters, an interactive website on the nature of jihadi-safali violence in Tunisia from CSIS’s Middle East Program.
(Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.)
Copies of President Donald Trump’s overview of budget priorities for FY2018, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” on display at the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Office of Management and Budget, today in Washington.
“A US ally shot down a $200 drone with a $3 million Patriot missile” by Recode’s Adam Liptak.
This Town Tomorrow
Join Atlantic Council at 8:30 a.m. for a discussion with Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on “America’s Role in the Middle East and the World.”
And join the George Washington University’s Nuclear Security Working Group at 10:00 a.m. for “Preventing Catastrophe: Nuclear Terrorism Threats and Responses.”
Yesterday, CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted a conversation with Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine Mckenne, on Canada’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The CSIS CogitAsia and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative podcasts joined forces this week to discuss Washington and Manila’s declining relationship since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016 and to predict how the alliance will fare during the Donald Trump presidency.
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