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Congress Is Right To Ground The Runaway Blimp

William Hartung | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program.

How North Texas Is Strengthening Our National Security Abroad

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Rep. Marc Veasey

The joint efforts we are engaged in with Israel on the F-35 helmets demonstrate how our two countries must work in coordination in order to protect our nations from global threats.

A Mother's Plea To The US Army To Stop G-RAP Persecution of Soldiers

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In May 2016, my family and I sat in a small theater across the street from The University of Tampa. The University of Tampa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) holds its commissioning ceremony there every year. My daughter stood on the stage looking fit and trim, proud in her dress uniform with a smile that just wouldn't stop. We were all smiling and so very proud.

The Conspiracy Behind the G-RAP War on American Soldiers

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In a complicated, twisted tale of alleged corruption and betrayal over budgetary wars, a presumed cover-up simmers at a colossal scale between the Army and the National Guard.

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Would Put 100,000 Untraceable Guns On Streets | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Psst. Want an untraceable gun? Courtesy of Congress and the U.S. military? That may soon be possible thanks to a provision tacked ont...

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.

Jessica Schulberg

Congressman Hints He Wants To Prohibit Funding For Ground Troops in Iraq | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he may move to prevent President Barack Obama from deploying U.S. ground troop...

Jessica Schulberg

Legal Experts Tell Congress Obama's New War Authorization Fails To Limit Power | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National security law experts, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, faulted President Barack Obama’s prop...

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Taking Veterans' Concerns Seriously

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Rep. Marc Veasey

While our country continues to fall short of ideal in keeping our commitments to our veterans, I am optimistic that Congress and Veterans Affairs have together taken steps in the right direction.

John Boehner and the Republican House Votes With Obama... Wait, What!?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Professional. Bipartisan. Serious. Mature. Those are four words that you would not ordinarily associate with Washington politics. But guess what? The Republican House and the Democratic president actually came together on an issue.

America Must Examine the Merits of Further Involvement in Iraq

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

After a decade of war, people are weary and suspicious of any further involvement abroad. They want an answer to the fundamental question of how this serves their interests. What do we intend to accomplish? How do we plan to accomplish it? And what is our exit strategy?

Does Obama's Iraq "All Options on the Table" Include The Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The most direct way of defusing the political and interventionist pressures of the current mayhem in Iraq would be to release significant volumes from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve which currently harbors in excess of 700,000,000 bbls of oil.

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Rep Says Congress Must Bite The Bullet On Military Budget

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers need to drop parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S....

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo, Indefinite Detention Battles Emerge Amid NSA Scandal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week o...

Lawmakers Pressing On Military Sexual Assault Bill

Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER AND DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation aimed at stemming an epid...

House Taking Up Military Sexual Assault

Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers outraged by sexual assaults in the military are moving swiftly to address the probl...

As Lackland Air Force Base Scandal Widens, Tailhook Whistleblower To Demand Hearing

The Huffington Post | Molly O'Toole | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

At least 83 women were sexually assaulted or molested in 1991 at the Las Vegas convention of the Tailhook Association, a group of active-duty and reti...

Patrick Svitek

White House Budget Chief: Don't Send WARN Act Layoff Notices Before 'Fiscal Cliff' | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The latest chapter in budget cut politics opened Wednesday as the Obama administration's top fiscal guru stood by federal direction that some companie...

Patrick Svitek

Romney Campaign Keeping Obama's Leadership In Spotlight As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

One of Mitt Romney's top surrogates in national defense on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to "step up and provide some leadership" on how to ave...

How Many More Military Rapes Before Rep. Buck McKeon Investigates Lackland?

Nancy Parrish | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

Paula met with President George H.W. Bush at the White House. The former president apparently started to cry as she told her story. He promised a full investigation. Unfortunately, 20 years later nothing has changed.

With Needed Defense Cuts on the Horizon, Industry Forces Rev Up the Propaganda Machine

Robert Greenwald | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

You know it's a big moment for defenders of the United States' bloated military budget when some of the all-time superstars of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex descend on Capitol Hill to fight for their perceived right to profit.

Tailhook Whistleblower Demands Congress Investigate Lackland Sexual Assaults

Nancy Parrish | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

The mission of our military is to protect the American way of life and our freedoms, yet this very mission is compromised by leadership that allows, perpetrates and condones sexual assault on the very members of our armed services.