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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 06.22.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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.

Sam Levine

Ferguson City Manager John Shaw Resigns | 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.

South Korea Stumble Threatens Lockheed's 'Super Jet'

William Hartung | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

Despite recent reports to the contrary, it has been a rough patch for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, now known as the "Lightning II."

The Massive Government Train Wreck Nobody's Really Talking About

Dan Treadway | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.

Military Masturbation

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me the military is existing in its own cocoon -- a dream world, preparing for a war that will be won in the air while we are still losing real wars fought on the ground.

Three Hundred Million Dollars of Junk

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The message we should take from all this is that weapons being built for particular needs may be obsolete before they are finished.

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Say what you want about President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits with the "chained CPI." He did accomplish one thing for liberals that they often have a hard time doing on their own. He united them -- in opposition to his proposal.

#ChainedCPI? For Every Social Security Judas, a Primary Challenge

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is Congress. Therefore, the only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is public pressure on Congress to stand up to Obama and say no.

Is This Fighter Jet Worth $400 Billion?

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2013 | World

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The retiring chief of the trouble-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter says he rema...

Is the Private Sector More Efficient Than the Government?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that the DOD would've been a heck of a lot better off if it built its own weapons, than turning the design and manufacture over to private enterprise companies, whose main purpose is to make money.

There's Hay in the Barn, But We're Not Feeding the Horses

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

The sequester is simply more proof that our government is putting bank bailouts, military contracts and corporate tax loopholes above the needs of their constituents. And it will only get worse until we throw them out.