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Defense Budget

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...

Sizing U.S. Military Forces: How Much Is Enough?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is now established in his new position. He is facing some critical personnel issues. He cannot ignore these systemic issues, but neither can he ignore his responsibility to manage the postwar drawdown of military forces.

Hagel's Strategic Review: A Reasonable US Defense Posture?

Carl Conetta | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Conetta

It is a new world, as Pentagon planners are slowly discovering. Adapting to it begins with the recognition that the principal strategic challenge we face today is economic in character.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

'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.

Congress Pushes Weapons Army Says It Doesn't Need

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers fro...

Why We Should Reduce the Defense Budget

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The NIC report indicates that we're rapidly moving towards a quadripartite world governed by the U.S., China, India, and the European Community. In such a world, it makes no sense for America to shoulder most of the responsibility for policing the world.

Hagel Facing Resistant Lawmakers

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rejected the suggestion that President Barack Obama tapped him to "cut the heart out of the Pentagon,...

Defense Budget Maps Out Unpopular Cuts

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

(Reuters) - The Pentagon offered up a $526.6 billion budget on Wednesday that calls for closing bases, slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping w...

Making the Argument for Entrepreneurial Approaches to National Security

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

The current budget discussion regarding defense spending (as manifest in sequestration) does not differentiate R&D and innovation as a priority item.

Lockheed Martin at the Trough

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

At the very time when state governments are cutting back aid to low income women and their children (thanks to sequestration), the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars.

Top Intelligence Chief Sounds Dire Warning On Sequestration

AP | By LARA JAKES and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence chief says that budget cuts have jeopardized America's security and safety — and will only get worse o...

Decapitating Defense

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The demise of defense is an historic opportunity as well as an inevitability. Managed the right way, it could lead to better peace and security, for example, by breaking us of our habit of seeing everything as threats and throwing money at them.

Repeal It: Proof for Republicans That Sequester Was "Obama's Idea"

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Although Boehner asserted that he got "98 percent of what he wanted" in the budget control act, apparently that extra 2 percent was the sequester, because Republicans are trying to run away from it faster than stink on you-know-what.

Pentagon: Looming Cuts 'Particularly Tragic'

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Pending automatic spending cuts have put the U.S. armed forces on a path to being so unprepared for combat that it would be "immora...

Hassling Hagel

Richard Klass | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

Last week's hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee were supposed to be about the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. They were not.

To Cut Wasteful Spending, Start With Nuclear Weapons

Richard Klass | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

Those who argue that we need more nuclear weapons for national security are trapped in a Cold War mindset. The world has changed since the Soviet Union collapsed -- and our strategy must change, as well.

To Save the Republic, Republicans Must Slash Defense Spending

Bill Frezza | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

For those who believe we can still recover from our fiscal and economic death spiral, the time for hard choices has come. I'm talking to you, staunch Republican defenders of the military-industrial complex.

Elise Foley

Military Leaders Warn Sequester Would Make U.S. Less Safe | Elise Foley | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that allowing the sequester...

Chuck Hagel: Obama's Hatchet Man?

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The defense budget should be cut. But when it comes to taking on the defense establishment, President Obama has been timid. He needs someone to take the lead for him, a decorated military veteran with perspective. Chuck Hagel fits the bill to be Obama's hatchet man.

Chuck Hagel Is the Right Choice for Secretary of Defense

Joel Rubin | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Chuck Hagel is likely to receive swift confirmation from the Senate. There will be tough questions, but most observers expect the Senate to approve his nomination -- perhaps by a large margin. This will be good for both our country's and Israel's security.

The Christmas Shoes

Pat LaMarche | Posted 02.21.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Nothing says Merry Christmas like approving billions of dollars worth of military expenditures. Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $633.3 billion defense budget. I must say I wasn't in the mood to celebrate with them. So instead, I gave away my shoes.

Defense Lobby Wins, Middle Class Loses in Obama Debt Proposal

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why are people so anxious to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that they'll sacrifice the elderly, along with the disabled, veterans, and their families? And why does the President's proposal ask so much more "shared sacrifice" from them than it does of the nation's bloated defense contractors?

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

David Vine | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
David Vine

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global presence?

The Fiscal Cliff: Three Opportunities

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What most Americans understand is that, unless Congress acts, their taxes will go up on January 1st. What is less well understood is that there also could be be a series of automatic spending cuts. During this process, progressives have three major opportunities.