FP4A Statement on Final Passage of the FY2023 NDAA

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Washington, DC – FP4A is disappointed to see topline defense spending in the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continue to soar further beyond the President’s request, but we are heartened by Congress’ attempt to slowly reorient our foreign policy toolkit toward diplomacy, soft power capabilities, and further commit to addressing the climate crisis. While this legislation included unnecessary increases to the defense budget, it also contained numerous provisions to modernize the State Department, increase our diplomatic engagement in the Indo-Pacific, further our support for Ukraine, ensure global food security, and reckon with DOD’s role as our nation’s largest polluter.

Some key provisions include:

Despite the inclusion of important pieces of legislation that will bolster American global leadership, this year’s NDAA falls short in many ways that perpetuates a worrying trend toward the over-militarization of our foreign policy.

Areas of concern include:

“While we are disappointed that efforts to bring topline defense spending back in line with the President’s request failed, there is much to be encouraged by in the NDAA from State Department authorization to bolstering American leadership in the Indo-Pacific and the bill’s attention to DOD’s role in driving down emissions and increasing the climate resilience of its installations and operations,” said FP4A’s Senior Director of Policy Ben Weingrod. “This bill certainly falls short in achieving our goals of leading with diplomacy and principled American engagement in the world, but FP4A looks forward to working with our partners and allies on the Hill to continue to move the needle next Congress.”