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WASHINGTON -- The steep increases in U.S. defense budgets under President George W. Bush have largely failed to strengthen the nation's security since the 9/11 attacks, and the proposed $230 billion fiscal year 2005 budget is no exception, according to a task force of nine national-security experts.
The report, "A Unified Security Budget for the United States," concludes that some $51 billion dollars of the proposed 2005 budget could be saved by reallocating funding within military accounts, and the savings could be used on non-military initiatives that could substantially boost overall security.
|Annual change in funding, billions of dollars|
|Prepare for new missions||+ 5|
|F/A-22 Raptor fighter||- 4.0|
|Virginia-class submarine||- 2.1|
|Comanche helicopter||- 1.4|
|DDX destroyer||- 2.0|
|Future Combat System||- 0.7|
|Nuclear warhead maintenance||- 3.2|
|Nuclear weapons||- 1.5|
|Missile defense||- 8|
|Army Guard divisions||- 4|
|NATO force||- 7|
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