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Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Rather than serving as an exception in a swamp of spending excess, the ending of the JLENS project should serve as a first step towards trimming other needless weapons programs and wasteful practices.

Who Will Win World War III?

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

At the start of World War II, the combined economies of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were only half the size of the United States. If for no other reason than the sheer weight of its factories and work force, America thereby held the strategic high ground.

Lockheed Martin, Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way

William Hartung | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Defense companies thrive when global conflicts drive up military expenditures, and Lockheed Martin is no exception. The company has made increasing its exports a top priority.

Lockheed Seeks to Save Troubled F-35 With Exaggerated Job Claims

William Hartung | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Rather than treating it as a jobs program, let's make the F-35 program rise or fall on its merits. That would mean holding off on the 450-plane "block buy" contemplated by the Pentagon, and deciding whether it's worth going beyond the 500 planes already committed to, out of a planned total of over 2,400.

Obama's Hawk: The Weird, Dangerous World of Robert Work

Peter Navarro | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF THE NATIONAL INTEREST Source: Department of Defense Mine-hunting mini-subs, unmanned swarms, and human-machine "centau...

America's 'China Trade Deficit' Hits Critical National Security Mass

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

It's not just that American consumers are helping to finance the construction of China's war machine. There is also the creeping loss of control over core strategic elements like the US food chain.

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

For Hillary Clinton, Three Problems and A Solution

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Elections take place in the now, not the long-term, especially in an ahistorical American era. And the now these days in this ADD/hyper-partisan media environment is short-term and savagely prone to character assassination.

The F-35 Strafes the Presidential Debate -- Taiwan's Trump Card?

Peter Navarro | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Peter Navarro

This week, the Republican presidential candidates square off in Las Vegas, Nevada for the last debate of 2015. Here's a hypothetical exchange between the CNN anchor of "The Situation Room" and the leading candidate

The $400,000 Helmet That Sees Through Walls

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 12.10.2015 | Technology
Robert J. Szczerba

When you spend $400 on a motorcycle helmet, you have certain expectations about quality and safety. But what should you expect when your helmet costs $400,000? Well, if you expected it to be magically able to see through walls, you'd be right. It won't actually give you Superman's X-Ray vision, but it's pretty close.

On the F-35, What Does Canada Know That the U.S. Doesn't?

William Hartung | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

If the F-35 was a state-of-the-art plane that provided unparalleled capabilities while fulfilling a clear need, perhaps it would be worth the cost. But it is none of these things.

How The Presidency Made Me A Better Father

Barack Obama | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Barack Obama

People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more "normal" than it's ever been.

Congress Should Stop Playing Games With the Pentagon Budget

William Hartung | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

While the OCO shenanigans were the most egregious example of irresponsible budgeting in the HASC bill, they were far from the only one. As usual, members added funding for items that the Pentagon didn't even ask for, in order to pay for a wide array of pet projects.

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Ferguson City Manager John Shaw Resigns

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

John Shaw, the city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, who oversaw city agencies that the Department of Justice accused of systematically discriminating a...

Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget

William Hartung | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's budget season again, which means it's time for another round of budget gimmicks on the part of the Pentagon. The Obama administration's new Pentagon budget proposal exceeds the budget caps established in current law by $34 billion. That's a hefty sum even by Pentagon standards.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

Time to Get Real About the F-35

James Melton | Posted 12.06.2014 | Detroit
James Melton

I understand the reluctance to simply walk away from the Pentagon's plan to buy a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters. But the time has come to either cancel or significantly downsize the program.

Inspiring Scenes Of Kindness In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Sasha Belenky | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Following the death of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, at the hands of a white police officer on Aug. 9, police in Ferguson, Mo., have cr...

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

Look Out, Quinoa, Here Comes Teff

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Taste

There's a new superfood on the market.

Keep Your Promise: A Left-Right Coalition to Help Veterans and Cut the Debt

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Some people are under the impression that cutting unnecessary Pentagon spending is a non-starter with all Republicans, or almost all of them. But in the recent past, there has been a substantial group of Republicans in the House who were willing to vote to cut the Pentagon budget.

F-35 Contract May Be the Worst Deal the DOD Has Ever Made

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Any CEO responsible for a deal like this would've been fired long ago, but the previous DOD Secretaries are gone and we're still stuck with the bill.

Pentagon Hits Major Milestone For Fighter Jet Program

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday announced it had finalized a $1.1 billion contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United T...

Ask a Keynesian: With U.S. Borrowing Capped, Won't More Pentagon Spending Destroy Jobs?

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Grand Bargain is essentially about taking money from middle income people through Social Security cuts and tax increases and giving the money to the Pentagon for unnecessary Pentagon spending.

This Week, Let's Help Burlington Kill the $1.5 Trillion F-35 Taxpayer Ripoff

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the Council votes to block the planes from being based in Burlington, that won't kill the $1.5 trillion F-35 taxpayer ripoff by itself. But it will set a crucial precedent. It will prove that the F-35 is politically vulnerable.