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Sen. Richard Burr and Republicans Voted For the $160 Billion F-22 and Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Yet Bemoan VA Budget

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Rather than picking a fight with veterans, Sen. Richard Burr should pretend the VA is a weapons program or war and fund it accordingly.

When Veterans Get Food Stamps Cut, It's Time to Prioritize Our Budget

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

How is this even a debate? How is it that men and women who served in uniform get smeared as lazy and unmotivated to work, as soon as they need help feeding their families by using food stamps?

The Scandal We Should Be Talking About

William Hartung | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

While our news media pours over every titillating detail of the Petraeus affair, there's another scandal that's gone largely unnoticed by the defense community.

Obama Handily Wins Third Debate

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Matt Zeller

Tonight's third Presidential debate featured a battle between Obama the Professor-in-Chief vs. Romney the student-who-didn't-do-the-reading. As someone who has ADD, even I had trouble keeping up with many of Governor Romney's non-linear arguments.

Can Congress Come Out and Play?

Michael Winship | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

Members hustled back to the capital all right, not to get much accomplished for the good of the nation but to party down at events designed to scrape every last nickel of campaign contributions from the jam pots of cash held by K Street lobbyists and special interests.

Air Force Still Not Opening Up About F-22 Safety Problems

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

After years of looking into the F-22's pilot disorientation problems, the Air Force has announced that it has everything under control. According to some defense experts, however, the Air Force still has a long way to go in proving its investigation is complete, reliable and transparent.

Reflection on Free Speech: 60 Minutes May 6, 2012

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Paul Ruth

The two pilots who spoke to 60 Minutes and the many more who unusually spoke out against higher ranking military officers were exercising the very right guaranteed in the constitution.

The F-22: Final Delivery for a Flying Disaster

William Hartung | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

Wednesday Lockheed Martin delivered the last of 187 F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force. The roll out prompted executives to describe the plane as "the baddest bird on the planet" and "an icon of American power." The facts suggest otherwise.

Descent Into Ignominy: The Heritage Foundation Then and Now

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Today, Heritage's defense efforts are homilies supporting smaller forces, less people in uniform, and more dollars to buy fewer weapons of increasing ineffectiveness. How sad. How pathetic. How destructive to the security of Americans.

Nightmare Budget Scenario at the Pentagon

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

Military spending, which is at its highest levels since the end of WWII, is facing bipartisan opposition in Congress. In this hyper-partisan age, that's saying something.

How Much Will Each F-35 Cost?

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

Whatever that final unit cost may be, to predict it now will surely be met with derisive laughter from advocates of this ongoing disaster -- laughter that will last only until the actual bill arrives.

Jason Linkins

Murtha Gets Full-Page Send-Off From Corporation He Constantly Aided

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reasonable people worry about the world that has been bequeathed to them by the Supreme Court Justices who upended campaign finance laws in the Citize...

Con Games: Don't Ask, Don't Tell About Military Spending

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Conniff

We need to scrutinize the Pentagon's budget every way possible to find a way to cut costs. If we don't take scalpel in hand, then we have no chance whatsoever of achieving fiscal sanity.

What Color Is The Sky In Palin's World?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Palin's saying Obama wasn't acknowledging the sacrifices of our troops can mean only two things: either her mind exists on an entirely different planet, or she knows she's being completely disingenuous.

Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up

Wall Street Journal | JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller...

A Tale of Two Pigs

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

The Pentagon has a time honored tradition of assigning PR nicknames to its aircrafts. The moniker of Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "Lightning II," named after its glitzy but unsuccessful WWII fighter.

The Pentagon Kluge That Refuses to Die

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

After a long fight, Gates and President Obama ultimately prevailed this summer in ending further F-22 production. Game over. Right? Anyone who thinks so doesn't appreciate the staying power of Congress' porkers.

Senate Panel OKs $128 Billion For Afghanistan, Iraq Wars

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With hardly any debate, a powerful Senate committee Thursday approved President Barack Obama's $128 billion request for military op...

If It Squeals Like Pork...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can always use an extra transport plane -- that's the way I figured it. I knew just where to find one, too. I called Congress.

House Rejects Weapons Cuts, In Face Of Obama Veto Threat

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House went along with Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plans to kill the over-budget F-22 fighter jet, but...

The F22: Toe of the Dragon

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

President Obama has started his fight with America's great dragon, the military-industrial complex. The toe, in this case, is the F-22, a stealth fighter jet.

Robert Gates Scores Big Wins On Weapons Cuts

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Defense Secretary Scores Spending Cuts, But Not Satisfied: "It Would Be Nice To Win Our Current Wars"

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Sahil Kapur

Military-Industrial Complex Loses F-22 Battle, But Still Reigns Strong

HuffingtonPost.com | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The military-industrial complex may have lost the battle over funding for F-22s, but defense contractors continue to prevail in the fight to finance p...

A Victory For Sensible Defense

The Progress Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Progress Report

The Center for American Progress Action Fund has launched the Sensible Defense campaign to "hold Congress accountable for putting wasteful defense spending back into the budget."