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Defense Budget

Fear and Loathing In the Pentagon Budget

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Since President Obama released his FY2013 budget request on Monday, proponents of Pentagon waste and inefficiency have been working overtime.

The American Military Empire Comes Home

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are ...

Obama's Budget Bomb: He Proposes Spending Increases, While Disarming America

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

In terms of actual cuts in defense spending, Obama is shifting the focus from what is known to work in missile defense to developing futuristic missile intercepts which will require years of experimenting at great expense to taxpayers while a vulnerable America waits.

Special Forces on Steroids

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

More military capability equates to more security for the United States. This precept is so deeply embedded in our minds that no one sees a need to state it. Yet it may be false.

The Hidden Costs of Star Creep: Generals Making More in Retirement Than in Service

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Our troops need to know that in this tight fiscal climate they still have our complete support. Former top commanders raking in seven figure salaries from taxpayers while active duty soldiers bear the brunt of the cuts sends the opposite message.

A Defense Budget at the Crossroads

Jonathan Masters | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

The Pentagon's new strategic guidance and the budget projections it informs suggest the United States has reached "an inflection point" along its fiscal/military trajectory -- a time to pare back spending.

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The president in his State of the Union address gave ringing endorsement to the idea that "America Is Back." I guess that means it's 'Morning In The Oval Office." Unhappily, it's Cold Dawn everywhere outside it.

U.S. Plans for Perpetual War

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

With the world's largest military force including an incomparable nuclear arsenal and a budget to match, exactly who are we protecting the Homeland from -- and what condition will it be in when they arrive?

Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military, the leaks to the media began early and the message was clear. One man is in charge of your future safety and security. His name is Barack Obama. And -- not to worry -- he has things in hand.

Obama's Defense Budget: Where's the Strategy?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is much noise being made about proposed cuts in the defense budget. Those proposed by President Obama do little more than nibble around the edges.

War and Peace in Kalamazoo

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Olga Bonfiglio

Members of the Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) held their usual Sunday peace vigil in front of the Federal Building in downtown Kalamazoo as they have been doing since September 1, 2002. And, it doesn't look as though they are going away despite President Obama's declaration of the end of the war in Iraq.

The Good Times May Be Over For U.S. Defense Industry

Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

U.S. weapons makers told investors this week they are doing all they can to prepare for leaner and more uncertain U.S. defense budgets, including redo...

David Wood

Leon Panetta Warns Against Budget Cuts Despite Reported Pentagon Spending Spree | 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...

Panetta Changes Tone On 'Apocalyptic' Defense Cuts

AOL Defense | Winslow Wheeler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Until Tuesday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had been describing Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion over 10 years he and President Obama ...

Panetta's Frenzied Rhetoric Is Not Stopping the Decay of U.S. Forces

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

If an extra trillion dollars in the last ten years meant a decaying defense force, how does Leon Panetta say he is going to prevent a hollowing out of our forces at the modestly lower budget levels he says he can live with?

Max J. Rosenthal

Defense Secretary Blasts Congressional 'Dysfunctionality' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sharply criticized Congress for its han...

Open Letter to the Super Committee

Lawrence Korb | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Here are ten recommendations for the super committee on how they can responsibly reduce projected levels of defense spending by $677 billion over the next ten years without undermining our national security.

Coffman Wants to Cut Pentagon -- I'm Waiting for the Tea Party Cheers

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I may disagree with Rep. Mike Coffman about most things, but he has a lot of guts to call for Pentagon cuts, like he's been doing, especially since he represents a district near Colorado Springs.

Dan Froomkin

Pentagon Can't Follow Its Own Money, Report Finds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been predicting doom should his department be forced to make considerable budget cuts, but a GAO report released Fr...

193,000 Jobs: The True Cost of the Wasted $60 Billion in Iraq and Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The U.S. spends 59 percent of its discretionary budget on "defense," or $726 billion. If the deficit commission wants to cut the budget in a way that creates jobs, they should start at the Pentagon.

Chitchat With Leon and Hillary on the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The problem is not money. The problem is that the Pentagon, as it exists under its current leadership, is incapable of surviving with less money.

Dan Froomkin

As Defense Industry Girds For Battle, Rhetoric Overshoots Reality | 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 There a Pony Somewhere in All This Defense Budget Manure?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Depending on which side of the military spending issue one is on, depending on whether one is a hawk or a dove, chills or thrills are running up and ...

Debt Deal Nails Defense Budget

AOL Defense | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

Few things seem certain at this point from the budget deal struck yesterday. One point that three Hill sources agree on is that the Defense Department...

Good Times for the Nuclear Weapons Budget

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

As the rest of Washington is bracing for cuts, the funding spigot for nuclear weapons and delivery systems is about to get thrown wide open. What does this say about our security priorities?