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Military Cuts

Downsizing Does Not Have to Compromise Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

In the new era of austerity we face, it is imperative that the critical role of the Reserves and National Guard be understood and appreciated.

Lockheed Martin's Herculean Efforts to Profit From Defense Spending

Jeremiah Goulka | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Jeremiah Goulka

To be fair, the Air Force did request some C-130s. Thanks to Senator McCain, the Government Accountability Office did a study of how many more C-130s the Air Force requested between 1978 and 1998. The answer: Five. How many did Congress add on? 256.

Sequestration: A Disservice to Those Who Serve

Javier Miyares | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Javier Miyares

The best way to ensure veteran employment, to keep veterans out of poverty, to reduce veteran crime, help veterans maintain their sense of self-worth and stem the rising number of veteran suicides is through education.

The Sequester Debacle: Who Takes the Fall?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester, and all the sequential sequesters over the next decade, deprive Democrats of the resources that they need to be, well, Democrats. Obama can proclaim big, bold initiatives as he did in the State of the Union Address, but they are all mere gestures -- because there is no money to spend on any of them, thanks to the bipartisan obsession with budget cutting. Even worse, Democrats end up colluding in eviscerating very popular and necessary signature programs like Medicare and Social Security, which literally define the core differences between the two parties. So by 2016, and even by 2014, nobody will much remember who was more at fault in the sequester battle of early 2013. The voters will be looking at their own economic situation, and it won't be pretty.

Congress Motivated To Strike A Deal From Fear Of Failing Again

Daniel Simon | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Familiar faces surround the talks of a fiscal cliff compromise. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), S...

What if Republicans Had a Debate on Military Spending?

William Hartung | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

What if the Republican Party had a real debate on Pentagon spending that addressed the underlying issue of what our military is for? Should we be poised to fight major wars of occupation and/or counterinsurgency like those in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost America At Least 530,000 Jobs

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to cut domestic spending in order to increase military spending. Regardless of whatever else may be true, their plans to cut domestic spending in order to increase military spending would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Greg Rosalsky

GOP Armed Services Chairman Warns About Potential 'National Disgrace' Of Military Spending Cuts | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called on Democratic leadership Friday to join House Repu...

Pentagon Unveils Strategic Downscaling

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

By David Alexander and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in...

Armed Services Chairman: U.S. Could Bring Back Draft

Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

by Donna Cassata, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The House Armed Services Committee chairman is warning that further reductions to projected defens...

Pentagon Set To Announce $100 Billion In Spending Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce as early as Thursday about $100 billion in savings for the Pentagon and cuts to some weapons pr...