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Defense Spending

What Nuclear Weapons Cost Us -- It's the Right Time for a Debate

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

An open, transparent debate is essential to ensuring that citizens and policymakers alike have the right information in their hands when deciding about our country's future spending on both nuclear weapons and their related programs.

Defense-Dependent Communities

Sanford Gottlieb | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Sanford Gottlieb

Defense factory workers, Pentagon civilians and restaurant owners near military bases, among others, have to start thinking of the possibility of life in the civilian economy. Fortunately, the U.S. has some experience in cushioning the impact of shifts in defense spending.

A Prudent Response to Chinese Military Modernization

Lawrence Korb | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

The War in Iraq has ended. Osama bin Laden is dead. NATO is looking at a 2014 date for significantly reducing operations in Afghanistan. Yet some conservatives are looking to continue the era of massive military spending increases.

Senate Hits the Mark on Missile Defense

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

The implications of Iran's growing bellicosity are increasingly more difficult for the United States.

Guns or Butter? Decisions After the Failure of the Super Committee

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

We face, today, our own hard and inescapable facts that call into question what the most important pursuits of America's responsibility and purpose at home and abroad really are. Guns to kill people in other countries or butter to save people in our own?

Leon Panetta, Terrified of Fighting Previous American Militaries

Barry Eisler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Barry Eisler

If Panetta had been interested in logical relevance, though, he wouldn't have referred to the past at all. He would have focused on the present, and in the present, we spend more on our military than the rest of the world spends combined.

Taxpayers Left in the Dark When It Comes to Nuclear Weapons Spending

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

So, how much does the U.S. spend on nuclear weapons? The only way to know for sure is for the administration to be more transparent about its nuclear spending, and to make a complete, detailed budget available to the public.

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 ...

How to Solve the US Budget Crisis -- Dismiss the Super Committee

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Lyric Hughes Hale

The US budget debate has been highly politicized. Now it is the time to take a fresh look at the numbers, and the realities behind them.

Obama Holds Firm on Defense Cuts After the Super Committee's Demise

Joel Rubin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

While the super committee failed to ensure that all Americans pay their fair share to fix our nation's economy, already the voices that helped get us into this mess are threatening to put us in an even worse place.

Curtains For The U.S. Military Industrial Base?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The failure of the so-called super committee to agree on other spending cuts has finally brought the axe down on U.S. defense spending, and it's really going to hurt this time.

'It Is Like Holding A Gun To Your Own Head'

Nashua Patch | Robert Michaelson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The Republican candidate zoned in on military defense and foreign policy issues as he addressed employees of the defense and security company. He b...

Arms and the Super Committee

William Hartung | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

As the Congressional super committee moves towards its deadline for developing a deficit reduction plan, we need to make sure that its decisions reflect the national interest, not special interests.

Pouring More Money Into the Military Is Not a Solution

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

The "cuts" Panetta fears so much are not reductions in actual military spending, they're reductions in what the DoD has planned to spend. So why is he evoking Cold War warnings and trying to create hysteria?

The Real Effects of Sequestration on Defense Spending

Lawrence Korb | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Close examination of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's letter to Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham demonstrates that the effects of sequestration on the Department of Defense would not be as great as the Secretary claims.

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Defense Spending and the Deficit Debate

Jonathan Masters | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

Most experts believe reducing the defense budget is sensible fiscal policy, but they disagree over the extent of the cuts, and how they should fit into a comprehensive deficit-reduction package.

Republican Hypocrisy On Government Job Creation Exposed

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The same Republicans who insist that federal spending doesn't create jobs and should be cut in the face of staggering deficits are leadi...

New Report Reveals Shocking Amount Spent On Weapons After 9/11

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

Capitol Hill conservatives and Pentagon brass fighting cuts to defense spending have argued that the military is limping off the battlefield with decr...

The Wars Are Over -- Now Cut Defense Spending

Joshua S. Goldstein | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Joshua S. Goldstein

America's wars are ending, and heavy tank formations cannot solve what ails this country. It's time to end the delusion of a violent, threatening world and stop wasting money on forces we no longer need. Trimming by 5 percent just isn't going to cut it.

Memo to Occupy Protesters: Don't Make The Mistakes We Made in the 60s

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Somehow the hippie movement lost its unity and credibility when it became about flower children making love and tripping out instead of what we can do together to end war and create social justice.

America's Secret Empire of Drone Bases

Nick Turse | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Using military documents, press accounts, and other open source information, an in-depth analysis by TomDispatch has identified at least 60 bases integral to U.S. military and CIA drone operations.

Underwear Bomber's Plea Underscores Law Enforcement's Key Role Fighting Terrorism

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty last week to the attempted murder of 289 passengers, Obama's critics were notably silent. That's because his plea underscores that U.S. federal courts are the most effective place to try terrorism suspects.

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 ...

Romney's $2 Trillion Gimmick

Christopher Preble | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Christopher Preble

Mitt Romney's intention to shower so much money on the Pentagon -- on top of the huge increases of the past decade -- will compound the nation's strategic problems, as well as its fiscal ones.