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Tuesday, 15th November 2011

The National Security Implications of a Balanced Budget Amendment

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The passage of the Budget Control Act (BCA) has broad implications for every program and agency that is funded through the Federal budget process, but consequences for the American defense and national security apparatus are both unique and important to analyze. A little-discussed provision of the BCA requires that a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) be brought to the floor of both houses of Congress before the end of year. While both the initial caps and potential sequestration cuts would have dramatic impacts on short-term defense spending, the possibility of a Balanced Budget Amendment would prove to have much more extensive implications for medium and long-term defense spending, as well as the broader national security apparatus and the defense-industrial base.

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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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