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Defense Spending

Trump Is Hurting The Pentagon! (By Giving It Too Much Money)

William Astore | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
William Astore

Anyone who’s been in the military knows what happens as the end of a fiscal year approaches: wild spending. Any money that’s left in your budget ...

The Military Must Take A Stand Against Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

David Vognar | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
David Vognar

The military is the most respected organization in America. But its silence at a time of draconian budget cuts is immoral. While the military would se...

Living On A Two-Way Planet In The Age Of Trump

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Last Friday, Donald Trump made his first visit to the Pentagon where he spoke of signing an order to begin "a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States," something he's been advocating for quite a while.

What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

William Hartung | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
William Hartung

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.

Senate Revives Help For Afghan Interpreters Who Aided U.S. Troops

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

Legislation to extend a visa program for Afghan interpreters who risked their lives helping U.S. troops during the Afghanistan War has been revived in...

Obama Requests $11.6 Billion Defense Spending Boost

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday sent a request to Congress for an additional $11.6 billion in supplemental war-related funding, which would include...

Trump's Pentagon Plan Could Cost Almost $1 Trillion; Smart Diplomacy Would Be Cheaper, More Effective

William Hartung | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Donald Trump's campaign has been short on specifics, but that changed earlier this month when he gave a speech that provided some examples of what his proposed defense buildup would entail.

The Pentagon As A Machine For Cost Overruns

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When it comes to Pentagon weapons systems, have you ever heard of cost "underruns"? I think not. Cost overruns? They turn out to be the unbreachable norm, as they seem to have been from time immemorial.

NATO Is a Racket

Riley Waggaman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

Now that the Red Menace has been taken care of, NATO has struggled over the last twenty-odd years to redefine itself.

A Martini or Two to Economic History!

Paul A. London | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Paul A. London

The wonderful Australian-born economist, Arthur Smithies, became a warm friend of mine one summer long ago in Saigon. I drank beer, he drank martinis....

Keeping Americans in the Dark - The Pentagon's M.O.

Nick Turse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

Rejecting both accurate accounting and actual accountability, the Defense Department has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to keeping Americans in the dark about the activities being carried out with their dollars and in their name.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability

William Hartung | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Now you see it, now you don't. Think of it as the Department of Defense's version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon's budget is as close to a work of art as you're likely to find in the U.S. government -- if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

Passing the Nuclear Baton

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama got us moving in the right direction, but when you are fleeing a forest fire, it is not just a question of direction but also of speed. Can we get to safety before catastrophe engulfs us?

Support For Defense Spending Reaches Highest Point Since 9/11

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

Thirty-five percent of Americans favor increased defense spending, reaching the highest level of support since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according ...

Deterring Russia: Assessing the Role of Tactial Nuclear Weapons in Europe

David W. Kearn | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Within American defense policy circles there has been considerable discussion about the B61-12 tactical nuclear weapon. This reconfigured version of s...

Auditors Criticize Pentagon For Wasting Property And Ammunition

Center for Public Integrity | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Ted Cruz Is Shaky on Foreign Policy

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Ted Cruz, with only two years of Senate experience, has shown his amateurish grasp of foreign policy -- a significant deficit that impaired both George W. Bush and Obama when they took office. But what are we to do?

It's Time for America to Get Defense Spending Right

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We need a less ideological, more serious assessment of the specifics of defense spending. We should not view the Department of Defense budget as sacrosanct. There are many areas where cuts should be seriously considered.

Bernie Sanders Isn't the Socialist Candidate Conservatives Should Be Scared Of

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you're the kind of person that thinks people who support Bernie Sanders are idiots because "someone has to pay for that free college", you need to recognize that someone also has to pay for the Republican backed socialist wealth redistribution that benefits rich individuals and corporations.

Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Gregory D. Foster | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
Gregory D. Foster

What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).

Pentagon Acts Like Both A Business And A Church To Keep The Money Rolling In

William Astore | Posted 02.25.2017 | Politics
William Astore

Not much incentive -- if any -- exists within the Pentagon to play down the threats it perceives itself as facing. Like a business, the Pentagon wants to enlarge its market share and power.  Like a church, it's jealous of its authority and stocked with true believers.

Ronald Reagan Would Be Denounced as a Foreign Policy Weakling by Today's GOP Presidential Candidates

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

William Hartung | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer.

Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hinted at possible plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison through executive action as he signed an updated nati...

Rubio on National Security: A Candidate of the Past

John Bradshaw | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Rubio needs to recognize that today's foreign policy must confront new challenges that are more complicated than those found in paperback novels about the Cold War, and stop trying to chart America's future by looking in the rearview mirror.