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- Released August 12, 2010
A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2011
Somewhere on the list of 2010 milestones should be this: It was the year that unified security budgeting won the endorsement of the U.S. executive branch’s top leadership. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first made this endorsement in May, during the Q&A following her speech supporting the new National Security Strategy. Joining her in the endorsement, she said, were Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Adm. Mike Mullen, who both “wrote really strong letters to the House and Senate leadership and the appropriators and the budgeteers to make the case that we have to start looking at a national security budget.”
- Released August 9, 2010
Investment Rules in Trade Agreements
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers an opportunity to develop a new model that balances the interests of private foreign investors with those of labor, environment, and the general public interest. President Obama and countless members of Congress have campaigned on just such a pledge.
- Released July 12, 2010
Plutonium Wastes from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex
Characterization of radioactive wastes at nuclear weapons sites can reduce fissile material uncertainties necessary for deep nuclear arms reductions while serving to protect the human environment. In this regard, a preliminary estimate based on waste characterization data indicates that from 1944 to 2009 about 12.7 metric tons of plutonium was discarded at U.S. nuclear weapon production facilities. This is more than three times than the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) last official estimate of waste losses (3.4 tons) made in 1996.
- Released June 17, 2010
Taxing the Wall Street Casino
Very small taxes on trades of stock, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments would help curb speculation and generate massive revenues for urgent needs. This report looks at how such taxes could’ve made a difference if they’d been in place before recent financial fiascos, such as the May 6 stock market “flash crash.” It also rebuts common arguments against the tax.
- Released June 15, 2010
The IPS Annual Report 2009
The Institute’s 35 public scholars united behind a new strategy of building “outside” pressure among activists for key changes, supplemented by an “inside” strategy of delivering analysis and fresh ideas directly to policymakers in Congress and the new administration. By the end of the year, the Institute’s “inside/outside” strategy would lead staff into high-level meetings at the White House, the Capitol, and the Pentagon, as well as into the streets of Washington, Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Asia, and onto the editorial pages of newspapers across our country.
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