President Obama's budget requests for the Missile Defense Agency since taking office show a declining prioritization of missile defense. This year's budget request is the lowest of his entire presidency. This decline has accompanied an increase in tensions and instability across the globe, including Syria, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea and mounting tensions in the Pacific. The President's FY 2015 budget request has placed a new importance on increasing the reliability of the Ground-Based Midcourse System, which provides missile defense for the U.S. homeland. However, as seen in the second chart, this shift in stated priority has not been reflected in budget appropriations for the Missile Defense Agency.