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Biden Holds Tight to the Trump Defense Budget

, Research and policy analyst

On his first day in office, President Biden vowed to “take action — not just to reverse the gravest
damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward.” But it appears that at least one part of the previous administration’s legacy will survive intact: the ever-climbing line of defense spending. In his first budget request, Biden asked for $753 billion in defense spending, $13 billion more than what the Trump administration received last year.

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Nuclear Weapons are Not Top of Mind for Biden. Here’s Why They Should Be.

, analyst

The Biden administration has been a little busy since taking office, what with an ongoing pandemic, the continuing prevalence of race-related and gun violence, and attacks on voting rights, just to name a few urgent problems. So the administration could be forgiven for allowing to slip down its priority list a significant issue that may sound to many like old news—nuclear weapons.

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Satellite Database Update: More than 3,300 Active Satellites Orbiting the Earth

, senior scientist

An updated version of the UCS Satellite Database, which includes launches through December 31, 2020, is now available on the UCS website. This update includes the addition to the database of 651 satellites and the removal of 66, for a total of 3,372 active satellites. Commercial satellites continue to take a larger share of space; currently 78% of US satellites are commercially-owned. With this version of the Database, Starlink has more than 900 satellites in orbit, or 26% of the operational satellite population.
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The Top Ten US Questions about China in the Year of the Ox

, China project manager and senior analyst

As we begin the Year of the Ox and a new US administration settles into office, China looms large in the US imagination. Many people seem worried about the future of the US relationship with one of the world’s largest countries, where nearly one-fifth of humanity appears to be enjoying a growing economy and improving technology under a communist government. Read More

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