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America faces many critical questions about its future. As we continue to confront a global pandemic with devastating impacts on our health, economy and society, an effective federal response is necessary to help address critical needs and get our economy back on track.
By making smart, strategic decisions about future national security requirements policymakers can ensure that our military is strong and that we are prepared to defend our nation from threats while also avoiding potential waste of precious national resources
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented national emergency requiring a significant federal response. This page provides resources and analysis, tracking the actions our leaders are taking to respond, and providing insights on the state of America’s fiscal and economic outlook during the recovery.
The United States, by far, spends the greatest amount on military (in nominal terms) than any other country.
The poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. This is the highest rate since 1994.
The defense share of the federal budget has averaged 21 percent over the past two decades.
During the 2012 presidential debates, voters concerned with our nation's growing debt and deficits must listen closely for how the candidates' foreign policy plans will influence America's long-term fiscal path and national security.
During the final debates, it's up to us to pay attention to how our presidential candidates’ plans could impact America's future. While the budget and economy were already major topics, the upcoming debates will highlight national security and a range of other issues — both foreign and domestic — that also have implications for our long-term fiscal health.