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Defense Budget Cuts

'The Best Means of Keeping the Peace': The Time Is Now for Defense Spending Reform

Pete Hegseth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Pete Hegseth

With the winding down of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States now has an opportunity to implement real defense reforms without having a serious impact on immediate battlefield needs.

David Wood

Sequester Cuts Hinder B-52 Bomber Operations

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- From the aircraft commander's seat of a nuclear attack-capable B-52 bomber known as Lucky 13, Lt. Col. Eric Sikes see...

David Wood

Chuck Hagel, Armed Services Committee Leave Out Strategy Post-Sequester

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In roughly eight hours of often heated discussions with the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, defense secretary-nominee Chuck Ha...

Defense Executives Send Message To Obama, Congress On Fiscal Cliff Cuts

AOL Defense | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Top executives from four major defense and aerospace firms sent a message to Congress and the Obama administration today: the nation expects its elect...

Some Thoughts on the Fiscal Cliff

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

As Republicans will have to concede more substantively on high-end tax increases, the administration will have to concede more here, especially on entitlements and almost certainly on business tax increases too.

Demilitarizing America

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

With some fresh wind at its back, the Obama administration now also has the historic opportunity, beyond re-balancing national strength and power, to transition the meaning of national service and the sacrifice by changing Veterans Day to National Service Day.

David Wood

Former Defense Secretary Gates Blasts 'Zealots' For Impending Fiscal Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a blistering attack on Washington for failing to confront the nation's worsening debt and budget problems, former Defense Secretary R...

Republican Offers Up Medicare For More Cuts

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jeff Flake, is being criticized in a new web ad for suggesting that Medicare be cut i...

Unfounded Hand-Wringing Over Military Spending Cuts

Benjamin Zycher | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Zycher

The large body of available evidence tells us that the economic and employment effects of military spending cuts are not relevant for policy choices, will not be significant in any event, and a reduction in defense outlays in fact may yield substantial benefits to the economy over the long run.

Defense Layoff Notices May Flood Nation On Eve of Election, Thanks To Sequester

AOL Defense | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON: Companies that do business with the federal government will have to announce "hundreds of thousands" of lay-offs just days before the Nove...

Pentagon Unveils Strategic Downscaling

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

By David Alexander and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in...

David Wood

New Defense Strategy: Goodbye, Grunts, We Don't Need You Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

On guard duty at a remote outpost one hot, moonlit night in Afghanistan, when a soft wind carried the scents of dust and wood smoke and cattle, a 34-y...

David Wood

Leon Panetta Warns Against Budget Cuts Despite Reported Pentagon Spending Spree

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the military brass and congressional hawks issue dire warnings about the "disastrous'' effects of cutting the defense budget, a new s...

Defense Budget Cost-Cutters: Know Thy Patient

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While all Americans must be called to sacrifice in these tough times, and while certain reforms in the system are called for, let us remember the sacrifices that are already inherent in a military career.

Dan Froomkin

As Defense Industry Girds For Battle, Rhetoric Overshoots Reality

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Facing the possibility of actual defense spending cuts for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the nation's biggest defense contractors have...

Is It Safe to Cut the Pentagon Budget?

William Hartung | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Amid reports that President Obama and House Republicans may be zeroing in on a budget deal that could cut as much as $700 billion from the Pentagon over the next decade, the "spend now, ask questions later" crowd is poised to make a political counterattack.

Dan Froomkin

Memo To Deficit Hawks: Here's $1 Trillion To Cut -- From The Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When you think about ways to tame the nation's long-term deficit, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Slashing benefits for the old and sick? O...