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Obama Defense Spending

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.

State to SIGIR: Take Your Oversight Questions and Shove Them

David Isenberg | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Just when you thought things were getting better in the sandbox it turns out they aren't. That is one of the conclusions in the latest quarterly report from Stuart W. Bowen, Jr, the head of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

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...

Gates Closing: Teller Window, Too?

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Robert Gates' tenure as secretary of defense has bracketed a turbulent period in American politics only to be resurrected at death's door by heavy doses of steroids provided by the victims.

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.

Dollars for Defense

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

It's obvious that our foreign policy is to navigate abroad without a strategic gyroscope and only the most primitive of compasses. There is no strategic design -- certainly not an explicit one -- that is coherently articulated.

Robert Gates: Pentagon Willing To Settle For Smaller Budget

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon can live with a smaller budget this year than the Obama administration originally requested, but the total – not...

Defense Cuts & Transatlantic Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Wagner

The U.S. would be wise to be patient and see how Europe's new approach to a common defense materializes before making any decisions with lasting impact, or significantly altering the transatlantic defense landscape.

Plan to Cut the Defense Budget by $150 Billion Over Five Years

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy White

Returning the defense budget to pre-9/11 levels will force us to prioritize future threats and explicitly define the strategic purpose of each branch of the armed forces.

Why We Must Reduce Military Spending

Rep. Barney Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barney Frank

It is irrefutably clear to us that if we do not make substantial cuts in the projected levels of Pentagon spending, we will do substantial damage to our economy and dramatically reduce our quality of life.

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.

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 Calls For Defense Spending Cuts

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 ...

Defense Budget '09: Still Fighting the Soviets, or Preventing Genocide?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

We have to do something about our current situation. We're spending more and more on defense and purchasing less and less security for it.

A Progressive Case for Gates

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

In keeping Gates, Obama is actually indicating that he is very serious about instituting significant reform of the Pentagon.

Sam Stein

McCain Robocall: Obama Wants To Downsize The Military | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The newest McCain campaign robocall, hitting households in Ohio, is accusing Barack Obama of wanting to cut military spending and, in the process, ris...