Defense Spending Holds Steady
Funding for Department of Defense anti-drug programs will remain steady
for Fiscal Year 1995 at $714 million ("Defense Spending Bill Funds
Drug Programs at 1994 Levels," Drug Enforcement Report, Oct. 25,
1994, p. 1).
Brian Sheridan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy
and Support, said that since 1993 the department has reviewed resource allocation
and cut 24 ineffective programs. Programs that were eliminated include ship-based
aerostat radar balloons and development of remote sensors that could be
dropped from airplanes to help find hidden landing strips. The cost-benefits
analysis of Defense Department programs is expected to continue.
The FY 1995 budget outlines five major areas of expenditure:
- Drug law enforcement agency (DLEA) support, $305.7 million. Aid
law enforcement agencies in anti- drug efforts by providing additional
personnel and equipment.
- Dismantling drug cartels, $60.8 million. Give intelligence support
to the Drug Enforcement Administration and fund the National Drug Intelligence
Center in Johnstown, Pa.
- Source nation programs, $128.5 million. Aid Colombia, Peru, and
Bolivia in their counter-drug efforts.
- Detection and monitoring programs, $127.3 million. Fund projects
such as Puerto Rico's new relocatable over-the-horizon radar (ROTHR) station
to detect low-level planes over the borders of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru,
Bolivia and Brazil.
- Demand reduction, $91.8 million. Screen for drug use in the military
and fund military treatment programs, as well as to expand military anti-drug
outreach to the nation's children.