The Obama administration’s budget proposal for the State Department earmarks $4 billion for security for overseas personnel and facilities. The amount includes $2.2 billion for construction recommended by the independent Accountability Review Board, which investigated the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans after extremists overran a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11.
The budget also proposes $580 million to promote economic and political reforms across the Middle East and North Africa in response to the upheaval that followed the Arab Spring two years ago. The figure is $220 million below the proposed amount for the last fiscal year.
As part of promoting stability and development in critical countries, the budget allocates $1.4 billion for Pakistan, $2.1 billion for Iraq and $3.4 billion for Afghanistan while reducing spending for operations in those countries.