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Defense Spending

Delivering Innovative Technology Solutions to the Warfighter, Even in Lean Times

David Melcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Melcher

Proposing and designing expensive new systems may no longer be realistic for the aerospace and defense industry. Instead, providing advancement and affordable new directions for proven technologies will be the key to success.

Is There an Alternative to Phony Defense Savings?

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Those making today's defense budget decisions are locked in a mindset where more empty spending is never enough. That, more than anything, needs to change.

British Budget Collapse Foreshadows Cuts to Come in U.S. Defense Budget

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joe Cirincione

Just as massive deficits forced the conservative UK government to cut deep into its military programs, the United States will soon have to choose: Update its force structure or cling to obsolete Cold War posture?

Eight Reasons Why The UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review Must Not Savage its Military

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Strategic Defence and Security Reviews are all too rarely about keeping us safe, and all too often about saving us money. In this respect, the SDSR the government is currently undertaking looks more egregious than ever.

Tea Party Nightmare: The Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Since 2001, Congress has given the Pentagon more than $1 trillion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, the windfall made our forces smaller, older and less ready to fight.

Bruce Bartlett: Neocons Talk Deficit but Won't Budge on Defense Cuts

The Fiscal Times | Bruce Bartlett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Establishment conservatives love to talk about the need to cut government spending, but they always seem to find an excuse whenever there is a serious...

Will the UK Government's Defense Cuts Make a European Army More Likely?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Many EU countries have been exploring the prospect of creating an EU army controlled by Brussels. France, Germany and Poland in particular are keen on this idea.

D.C. GOPers Attack Conservative Voters for Questioning Pentagon Waste

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Recently, we've seen serious fractures in the old consensus over defense spending. In particular, the rise of conservatives who have been more willing to connect their deficit grievances with the bloated Pentagon budget. Now, the blowback is starting.

Our State Department: A Tiny Branch of the Pentagon

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Astore

Surely our country has its priorities out of order. More for war and weapons, less for diplomacy and foreign aid, and shilling for American defense contractors, is a recipe for forever war.

Ryan Grim

Maine GOP Senator Ignores Lady Gaga, Will Filibuster 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - 3:05 p.m.: Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday ...

Support the DREAM

Amy Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Novick

The DREAM Act has always been one of the most important facets of comprehensive immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he was bringing the DREAM Act up for a vote.

Gates Starts Outlining Proposed Defense Cuts

Washington Post | Dana Hedgpeth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday started laying out some details of his plans to save $100 billion over the next five years as he tries to...

What Is President Obama Thinking?

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Why has the Obama administration dug in its heels on the Joint Strike Fighter? Is it an example of successful lobbying? Could a single defense contractor really have that much influence over the Obama administration?

The Pentagon Owes the United States $1 Trillion

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

For a trillion dollars of wasted defense spending over ten years we got a smaller Navy and Air Force and a tiny increase in the size of the Army.

U.S. Military Loses Control Of Subcontractor Spending, Warlords Benefit

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert This piece is a collaboration between the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and the Center for Public Integr...

How Much Is Enough? America's Runaway Military Spending

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

With more than half of U.S. government discretionary spending going to feed the Pentagon, it is no longer considered feasible to use public resources to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or house the homeless.

Lucia Graves

Barney Frank, Ron Paul Call For Cuts In Military Spending | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) are urging lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to push the President's Commission on Deficit Redu...

The Unified Security Budget: Getting the Most Bang for Our National Security Buck

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Don Kraus

If dollars previously spent on certain military projects are simply shifted to other Defense department programs, is the U.S. really going to be any safer as a result?

Pentagon Spending -- Music Goes Round, and Round...

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is no Team B in the ring for the defense spending debate. There is no strategic analysis; it is simply studied justification for projecting the status quo into the far future.

Plan to Cut the Defense Budget by $150 Billion Over Five Years

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy White

Returning the defense budget to pre-9/11 levels will force us to prioritize future threats and explicitly define the strategic purpose of each branch of the armed forces.

Invitees to President Obama's UT-Austin Speech: Get Out of Afghanistan, War's Failing, Set a Timetable

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

Today, President Obama came to my town to give an invite-only speech at the University of Texas. Lacking an invite, I wondered what people with invites had to say about the Afghanistan War.

Defense Secretary Targets Contractor Funding In Proposed Military Budget Cuts: 'There Are No Sacred Cows'

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,00...

"You Lie": Myths the Right Tells About the Left

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

One of the most irksome aspects of the current political divide is the conservative caricature of progressive stances on economic thinking.

Breakdown in Controls Opens Door to Corruption

Nancy Boswell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Boswell

Losing track of billions of dollars is an invitation to corruption and abuse. But the U.S. Department of Defense seems to have done just that with Iraqi reconstruction funds set aside for the benefit of the people of Iraq.

More Swill From the Pentagon Budget Busters

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Having participated avidly in driving our military forces into the ground, the members of a recently released defense review report have proposed that more of the same is inadequate; they want much more of the same.