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Obama Defense Budget

Why We Should Reduce the Defense Budget

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The NIC report indicates that we're rapidly moving towards a quadripartite world governed by the U.S., China, India, and the European Community. In such a world, it makes no sense for America to shoulder most of the responsibility for policing the world.

Chuck Hagel: Obama's Hatchet Man?

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The defense budget should be cut. But when it comes to taking on the defense establishment, President Obama has been timid. He needs someone to take the lead for him, a decorated military veteran with perspective. Chuck Hagel fits the bill to be Obama's hatchet man.

Matt Sledge

Obama And Romney Both Promise Military More Money | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- As President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney furiously lobbed jabs and zingers at each other during Monday night's foreign policy debate, it ...

A Victory for Common Sense on Nuclear Weapons

William Hartung | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

As we reshape our military to meet 21st century threats, creating the capacity to build more nuclear weapons doesn't make strategic or economic sense.

It's a Great Day to Act to Cut the Pentagon Budget

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Until now, the Democratic leadership has been mostly quiet about the need for military cuts. What they're afraid of is all the money the military contractors have to throw around on lobbying and political ads.

Obama’s Scramble for Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

With the Obama administration clearly engaged in a twenty-first century scramble for Africa, the possibility of successive waves of overlapping blowback grows exponentially.

Romney Campaign Attacks President For Trimming Defense Budget

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama embarks on several campaign stops in Virginia this week, the Mitt Romney campaign criticized the White House o...

GOP Blasts Obama Defense Budget 5 Times Larger Than China's

Bloomberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

Republicans and President Barack Obama are squaring off again over federal spending, only this time the president wants to cut it and the Republicans ...

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Defense

William Hartung | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

There is much to criticize in the Pentagon's new strategy -- most notably its unwillingness to sharply curtail the number of missions expected of our armed forces. But there are positive elements of the administration's proposed approach as well.

Obama's Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

If you want to see what Obama's military strategy really is, forget what's said at press conferences and in turgidly written Pentagon press releases. Just look at the record.

Afghanistan War Cost To Be Biggest Factor In Debate Over Troop Reductions

Washington Post | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics

Of all the statistics that President Obama’s national security team will consider when it debates the size of forthcoming troop reductions in Afghan...

Amanda Terkel

Member Of John Boehner's 'Kitchen Cabinet' Of Economists Supports Afghan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress looks at all sorts of discretionary non-defense projects to cut to reduce the deficit, a core member of House Speaker John B...

Robert Gates' Budget Dance

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Why is the base defense budget higher than was projected and higher after Robert Gates made his reductions? The answer is simple. Most of the cuts he claimed credit for were not reductions.

Sam Stein

Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment Makes Defense Budget | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's 2011 defense budget proposal includes language that would prevent the government from working with contractors who deny victi...

Defense Budget 2011: Pentagon Plans To Increase Funds for Afghan, Iraq Wars

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Obama administration plans to unveil a defense budget on Monday that pours billions into drones, helicopters and special forces...

The Gates Revolution

Adam Elkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Elkus

Gates is doing something far more radical than just canceling big-ticket weapons programs: he's finally fusing theory and policy.

Sen. Inhofe Claims Obama "Disarming America" | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of senators including Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., fired off a letter to President Barack Obama saying p...

Don't Kid Yourself -- The F-22 Lives

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

The defense budget is being cut in the sense that it's going up. The F-22 has been killed in sense that we've appropriated all the money we need to keep building them until we have to think about it again. The good news is that we're calling bad news good news.

The War Supplemental is Coming Soon

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gordon Adams

With Obama's first emergency supplemental budget request coming later this week, now is the time to see whether he'll keep his promise. We clearly need such discipline.

Jason Linkins

First Shot Fired In Defense Budget Battle | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No one in politics ever looks bad vowing to "take on the lobbyists," and in his latest YouTube missive, President Barack Obama got downright bellicose...

Obama's Fighter Jet Decision Represents Clash Of Two Goals

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of President-elect Barack Obama's stated goals -- cutting wasteful spending and saving or creating millions of jobs -- are on a collision course i...

Pentagon Board To Obama: You Have To Cut Defense Budget

Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's curre...