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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.

Hagel Orders Review Of Obama Strategy

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpin...

NATO Chief Says Defense Cuts Could Compromise Safety

AP | DON MELVIN and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.21.2013 | World

BRUSSELS -- The head of NATO urged member countries Thursday to stop cutting their defense budgets in response to tough economic times, saying continu...

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...

Obama Proposal Passes Test

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel on Thursday rejected the Pentagon's proposed cuts in personnel and equipment for the Air National Guard as it comple...

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 ...

House Panel Spares One Area From Fiscal Discipline

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel on Thursday for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama's defense...

House Rejecting Obama Cuts...For The Military

AP | ROBERT BURNS and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday backed construction of a missile defense site on the East Coast, rejecting Pentagon...

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.

Obama To Reveal Defense Strategy

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Looking beyond the wars he inherited, President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a reshaping and shrinking of the military. He vow...

Panetta: Every Part Of Defense Budget 'Must Be On The Table'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon, predicted on Thursday that Iraq will ask the United States to k...

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...

Obama Defense Contractor Battle Only Just Begun: AP

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has chalked up a quick victory in its drive to kill an expensive jet fighter better suited for the Cold Wa...

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...