Threat Reduction Funding Increase Requested
Bleek, Philipp C., Arms Control Today
AFTER REQUESTING CUTS for threat reduction and nonproliferation programs last year, the Bush administration has asked Congress to increase funding for the efforts to downsize and secure weapons of mass destruction materials and expertise in the former Soviet Union.
U.S. nonproliferation efforts have received increased attention in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the increase in requested funding was foreshadowed in late December by the release of a White House review that concluded that most threat reduction programs "work well, are focused on priority tasks, and are well managed." (See ACT, January/February 2002.)
Submitted to Congress February 4, the administration's fiscal year 2003 budget requests $417 million for the Defense Department's Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs, a slight increase from the fiscal year 2002 level of $403 million but still below the $443 million allocated for fiscal year 2001 by the Clinton administration. Recent fluctuations in funding for CTR efforts have been due at least in part to budgeting technicalities and changes in program requirements.
The administration's request calls for a more substantial increase for threat reduction programs run by the Department of Energy. For fiscal year 2003, the Bush administration budgeted approximately $1.1 billion for the department's Defense Nuclear Non-- proliferation account, about half of which is allocated for threat reduction efforts in Russia. …