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Overseas Contingency Operations

How Pentagon War Fund Became A Budget Buster Washington Can't Resist

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Stil...

Memorial Day: Last Full Measure of Devotion

Susan Shaer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

I adore having three-day weekends. Yet, I wish all school children knew what this day is for. Any family who has lost someone recently in our current endless wars, or still have family who served in Vietnam or Korea who suffer with lasting injuries, both mental and physical -- will honor this day with sadness. We all need to think about that.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding a...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Divided House GOP Prevents Embarrassment, Passes Budget Boosting Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans narrowly pulled off a risky maneuver Wednesday by passing a budget that will boost defense spending, following a rift ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Girds For Lengthy Budget Battle Over Obamacare And Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

The Senate on Tuesday kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy funding debate over Senate Republicans' budget blueprint, which aims to boost defense ...

Pentagon Budget Outlook: Cloudy With a Chance of Slush

William Hartung | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's an open secret that the Pentagon has routinely been using the war budget -- known as the Overseas Contingency Operations account -- as a slush fund to pay for items that don't fit within the caps on its base budget. If a new report is accurate, the House Budget Committee will propose an increase of over $40 billion in the OCO account, bringing the total to an astounding $90 billion.

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.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Not Putting Formal Price Tag On Afghan Policy Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's proposal to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year was the product of lengthy deliberations. Th...

Defense Budget Cost-Cutters: Know Thy Patient

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While all Americans must be called to sacrifice in these tough times, and while certain reforms in the system are called for, let us remember the sacrifices that are already inherent in a military career.

Weapons of Mass Influence - Undermining Terrorism - An Interview With Jerrold M. Post

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Dr. Post offers a step-by-step approach for political, military and ideological actions to induce behavioral, emotional and attitudinal changes to manage and minimize a "war" we just can't win.