Chris Hellman

Christopher Hellman is communications liaison and researcher at the National Priorities Project in Northampton, Massachusetts and co-author (with Mattea Kramer) of the new book, A People's Guide to the Federal Budget. He was previously a military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Defense Information, and spent 10 years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer working on national security and foreign policy issues. He is a frequent media commentator on military planning, policy, and budgetary issues. 

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:10pm
'Homeland Security': The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define
Imagine a labyrinthine government department so bloated that few have any clear idea of just what its countless pieces do. Imagine that tens of billions of tax dollars are disappearing into it annually, black hole-style, since it can’t pass a congressionally mandated audit.
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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:30pm
Washington’s Fiscal Cliff Notes
They don’t call it the "cliff” for nothing. It’s the fiscal spot where a nation’s representatives can gather and cry doom. It’s the place -- if Washington is to be believed -- where, with a single leap into the Abyss of Sequestration, those representatives can end it all for the rest of us.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:27pm
On the War Path: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget
Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called “threats”) to the U.S. defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school-lunch funding and other social programs.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 8:28am
How Safe Are You? What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Spending Bought You
The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts in national security spending on the table, but the debt-ceiling debate finally did. And mild as those projected cuts might have been, last week newly minted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was already digging in his heels and decrying the modest potential cost-cutting plans as a
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:10am
$1.2 Trillion: The National Security Figure No One Wants You To See
What if you went to a restaurant and found it rather pricey? Still, you ordered your meal and, when done, picked up the check only to discover that it was almost twice the menu price.
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Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:54pm
Pentagon Spending on the Chopping Block
The current economic crisis , coupled with concerns about spiraling deficits and our staggering national debt, is, at long last, bringing military spending to the forefront of the budget debate.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:44am
Putting the Pentagon on a Diet: Will Bad Times and a Bad Economy Finally Discipline the Pentagon?
Is that the wake-up smell of coffee wafting through the halls of the Pentagon? After a decade and a half of unparalleled budget growth, top Defense Department officials are finally talking about the possible end of their spending spree. And they're not alone. In recent years, Republicans and Democrats in Congress and successive administrations have not only repeatedly resisted efforts to control Pentagon spending, but regularly pushed for more dollars to go into the defense and national security budgets. And many of them still are.
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