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Building a F.A.S.T. Force

Economy / Research March 20, 2017

It is long past time for lawmakers and Pentagon leaders to fundamentally reform the personnel systems that manage America’s uniformed service members.

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Deep State of Crisis

National Security / Research March 17, 2017

Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt offered an indication that perhaps Erdoğan’s position was not as secure as it first seemed, and his fears not unfounded.

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Debt Limit Analysis

Shai Akabas, Timothy Shaw / Research March 15, 2017

If policymakers do not act on the debt limit, BPC estimates that Treasury will have insufficient cash to meet all financial obligations sometime between Nov. 10-16.

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America's Student Debt Explosion

Economy / Research March 14, 2017

The federal loan system is increasingly strained, evidenced by swelling debt burdens and low repayment rates.

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Higher Education Trends

Economy / Research March 14, 2017

Pursuing a post-secondary education poses a poor value proposition for millions of young Americans.

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Health, Health Care, and a High-Performance Force

Economy / Research March 9, 2017

Systems and policies to promote the health of service members, therefore, are key national security functions as well as central personnel matters.

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Financial Regulators Struggling with Longer Vacancies at the Top

Finance / Research March 9, 2017

Long-running vacancies have become more common at independent financial regulatory agencies charged with overseeing the financial system.

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Preserving the Children's Health Insurance Program

Health / Research March 2, 2017

Funding for programs designed to improve coverage and access to care for vulnerable populations are set to expire in 2017. This report recommends extending these programs and stresses the need for action early in the 115th Congress.

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Forging an Enduring Bipartisan Consensus on Affordable Rental Housing

Housing / Research February 22, 2017

Policymakers have an opportunity to forge an enduring bipartisan consensus on affordable rental housing. There is more agreement between the two political parties than one might think. The question is whether lawmakers can find the political will to devote to the effort and the resources to make significant progress.

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The Hidden Threat to a High-Performance Force

Economy / Research February 14, 2017

Now is the time to examine the reasons and rationale behind the present personnel system and assess its ability to meet the needs of the future force.

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