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Pentagon Budget

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 Votes To Continue The War In Afghanistan

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the Amer...

Pentagon Spending and the War on Children

Jeff Blum | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Jeff Blum

The choice for most of us is clear. When asked, "What would you cut if you have to," Americans chose cuts in military spending over cuts in Social Security or Medicare -- three to one. But poll Congress and you get different answers.

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...

Pentagon Encouraging School Bake Sales to Help Pay for Wars

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

In an attempt to raise funds for the military budget, the Pentagon is encouraging schools to hold bake sales and donate the profits to the armed forces.

Paul Ryan's Profligate Pentagon Plan

Ben Freeman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

If Paul Ryan, Congress and the president continue to let the Pentagon spend with impunity, the only things that will be hollow are taxpayer wallets.

Throwing Money at the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

When it comes to the American military, the leading Republican presidential candidates evidently only learned to add and multiply, never subtract or divide.

Surprising Revelations Over Cost Of Drone War

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

In the 11 years of America's post-9/11 wars, drones have emerged as a seemingly perfect weapon for fighting elusive enemies. Able to stay aloft for a ...

Fear and Loathing In the Pentagon Budget

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Since President Obama released his FY2013 budget request on Monday, proponents of Pentagon waste and inefficiency have been working overtime.

Obama's Budget Bomb: He Proposes Spending Increases, While Disarming America

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

In terms of actual cuts in defense spending, Obama is shifting the focus from what is known to work in missile defense to developing futuristic missile intercepts which will require years of experimenting at great expense to taxpayers while a vulnerable America waits.

Special Forces on Steroids

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

More military capability equates to more security for the United States. This precept is so deeply embedded in our minds that no one sees a need to state it. Yet it may be false.

A Defense Budget at the Crossroads

Jonathan Masters | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

The Pentagon's new strategic guidance and the budget projections it informs suggest the United States has reached "an inflection point" along its fiscal/military trajectory -- a time to pare back spending.

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The president in his State of the Union address gave ringing endorsement to the idea that "America Is Back." I guess that means it's 'Morning In The Oval Office." Unhappily, it's Cold Dawn everywhere outside it.

Pentagon Leaders Outline New Plan To Cut Ground Forces

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marin...

America's Emerging Military Posture

Michael_Doyle | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Michael_Doyle

As the US cuts back its armed forces, other nations will upgrade theirs, which will require the US to constantly reevaluate its global military posture. The Pentagon will have to reorient itself and rely increasingly on regional allies to maintain stability acceptable to the US.

Regaining Our Balance: the Pentagon's New Military Strategy Takes a Small Step

Christopher Preble | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Christopher Preble

The twin constraints of fiscal insolvency and dwindling public support for a grandiose foreign policy present an opportunity for rethinking U.S. security commitments, as well as what we spend to fulfill them.

President Obama's Claim About Shrinking Government is a Publicity Stunt

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.17.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama's latest claim that he's going to shrink government by combining the Small Business Administration with the Department of Commerce is laughable.

New Year, Same Old Pentagon: Three Takeaways from Panetta's National Security Strategy Presser

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Nothing changes on New Year's Day, including the Pentagon's budget strategy.

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.

The Pentagon's First Bake Sale

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Chris Weigant

Since the politicians quite obviously won't patriotically support the healthy growth of our military-industrial complex any more, we are going to have to make up the difference ourselves.

Planned Pentagon Cuts Are Trivial

Aaron Belkin | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Poor, poor Leon Panetta. Our Secretary of Defense has to find a way to cut $45 billion per year out of our $700 billion military budget. That's right, five percent.

Breaking Down Bases

John Feffer | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
John Feffer

Our elected representatives are desperate to find cuts in military spending that won't lead to job loss among their constituents. One cut would not compromise employment at home: U.S. overseas bases.

Andrea Stone

Intelligence 'Black Budget' Cost Taxpayers $54.6 Billion in 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress appropriated a whopping $54.6 billion for classified intelligence operations in 2011, an increase over the previous two years. ...

Leon Panetta Warns Of Enemy At Home

New York Times | By PETER BAKER | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

Tan and ruddy-faced, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took his seat in a hearing room one morning this month ready for battle. The enemy, he warned l...

Panetta Changes Tone On 'Apocalyptic' Defense Cuts

AOL Defense | Winslow Wheeler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Until Tuesday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had been describing Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion over 10 years he and President Obama ...