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Defense Budget

How Pentagon War Fund Became A Budget Buster Washington Can't Resist

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Stil...

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among American...

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

But you would never know it if you listened to the cries coming from key members of Congress and hawkish D.C. think tanks. It is important to note that these substantial proposed increases in Pentagon spending are arbitrary numbers cherry-picked from past Pentagon five-year plans, not careful assessments of current defense needs.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

Kate Sheppard

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using...

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

Navigating the Asia Pivot

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

President Obama is in Asia this week to reassure our allies about the U.S. "pivot to Asia." As a significant shift in defense strategy, the Asia pivot is a head-scratcher. As an economic strategy, however, the Asia pivot is compelling.

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Proposed Budget Would Shrink Armed Forces, Keep Links To Europe

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled a proposed 2015 defense budget that shrinks the armed forces while keeping a commitment to suppor...

U.S. Defense Policy: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Ever since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the United States has lacked a vision of what it wanted to do in the world and how its military should carry out part of that plan.

The Long-Term State of the Union - Counting the Cost of Empire?

David Coates | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

There is something desperate about the current quality of politics in Washington DC. It is not that our elected representatives steadily avoid any discussion of key issues. It is rather that the way in which they choose to discuss those key issues trivializes them to the point of folly.

Stop the Army From Copying Marines' Missions

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of allowing the Army to become a second Marine Corps in Asia to retain excessive budget and force levels, the Army should keep only its existing missions and accept reduced funding and quantities of troops.

(Un)happy New Year for Jobless Americans

Martha Burk | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Pundits are saying this latest stinginess is probably going to hurt the Republican party next November if something isn't done in January. With the election 11 months away, that's cold comfort for people out of work.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Doesn't Make Partisan Bickering Look So Bad

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

On the defense budget, over the next two budget years, which the agreement covers, the accord will nearly wipe away the effects of the sequester "decision rule" -- under which across-the-board cuts had to be made.

Viewing Veterans' Issues Through a More Accurate Lens

Ward Carroll | Posted 02.12.2014 | Media
Ward Carroll

The dire budget situation in DC has made the fight for resources keener, and the Pentagon has found itself the target of an unprecedented savings strategy that threatens to make a lie out of the promise made to our troops that the nation would always support them when they got back from serving overseas.

Hagel Offers Troops Rare Hope On Defense Budget

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday offered troops a rare glimmer of hope on the department's financia...

Details on the Army's Officer Brain Drain: This Is What Cutting 2,000 Majors and Captains Could Look Like

Aaron Kletzing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aaron Kletzing

For all the future 'real world simulations' the Army will conduct at its training centers, there's no replacing what these officers' eyes have seen, the orders they've given, and the consequences they've dealt with in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Automatic Budget Cuts Could Hit Pentagon Harder This Year

Reuters | David Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Months after the U.S. military was hit with a $37 billion budget cut that threw it into turmoil and confusion, the Pe...

Giant Pentagon Budget Is Unauditable Year After Year

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, curbing the worst excesses of an out-of-control military industrial complex is not a front burner issue for the 40 or so Tea Party Republicans currently stomping their feet in Congress about health care reform.

Christie vs. Paul

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The escalating public dispute between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has exposed the deep rift that exists between factions of the Republican Party.

The U.S. Does Not Need New Theater Missiles

David W. Kearn | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

New missiles may indeed alter the conventional balance in critical regions in the favor of the United States, but at what cost?

Hagel Weighs In On Major Cuts

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday he has ordered 20 percent "across the top" budget cuts for his Pentagon staff an...