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The Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program vision is to improve American national security at a lower cost to the American people. We seek to strengthen the capacity and capability of the US government to frame, resource, and execute foreign and national security policies and programs.

Our blog, The Will and the Wallet, is dedicated to providing insightful research and analysis on the budgets, authorities, institutions, structures, and processes that drive U.S. foreign affairs and defense policy.  The Will and the Wallet is part of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project’s mission to offer pragmatic options for strengthening the institutions of civilian foreign policy and disciplining those of defense.  This perspective comes at a critical time, as concerns about the federal debt are growing and as policymakers begin to consider U.S. national security priorities after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

gaGordon Adams: Gordon Adams is a Professor in the US Foreign Policy Program at the School of International Service, American University.  He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and director of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program.

For five years Adams was Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, the senior White House budget official for national security.   Mr. Adams most recent book (with Cindy Williams) is Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Security at Home (Routledge 2010). He has published books, monographs and articles on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He appears regularly in the media and has testified numerous times before the Congress on defense spending and national security issues, blogs regularly for Capital Gains and Games, National Journal, and The Will and the Wallet. Contact email: gadams@stimson.org.

Rebecca Williams: Rebecca Williams is a Research Associate for the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program.  Her research focuses on international affairs budgets, the executive and legislative budgeting process, the interagency coordination of foreign assistance and national security policy.  Rebecca is a graduate of American University, with a Masters degree in US Foreign Policy. Contact email: rwilliams@stimson.org.

Matthew Leatherman: Matthew Leatherman is a Research Associate for the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program.  His research focuses on the content and process of defense budgeting, including its implications for national security strategy, interagency policy, and congressional decision-making.  Matthew graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and American History and from Columbia University with a Master’s in International Affairs. Contact email: mleatherman@stimson.org.

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