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New American Approach to Defense: The FY2003 Program

NCJ Number
Anthony H. Cordesman
Date Published
February 2002
31 pages
This report presented America’s FY 2003 redefined security budget program in the areas of homeland defense, force transformation, and nuclear posture review providing an overview of resource and budget allocations.
In this report, the United States redefined its approach to defense and security through the releasing of its proposed FY 2003 budget program. Three major areas addressed included: homeland defense, force transformation, and nuclear posture review. This FY 2003 program encompassed the allocation of additional resources through increased funding within these three areas. Under homeland security defense spending, $37.7 billion was proposed for homeland defense nearly doubling previous spending in 2002. Funding would go into fighting bioterrorism, tightening border controls, improving airline security, and helping firefighters. Within the Department of Defense’s force transformation, a budget request of $379.3 billion reflected six transformation goals set down in the Quadrennial Defense Review and included: (1) protect the U.S. homeland and critical bases of operation; (2) deny enemies sanctuary; (3) project and sustain power in access-denied areas; (4) leverage information technology; (5) improve and protect information operations; and (6) enhance space operations. Lastly, the Department of Defense’s nuclear posture review was conducted. It was determined that the United States would reduce its warhead levels to between 1700 and 2200 with the remaining put into reserve. A new strategic deterrent would include: the classic strategic nuclear deterrent, a missile defense, and a new conventional capability.