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Pentagon Cuts

Keep Your Promise: A Left-Right Coalition to Help Veterans and Cut the Debt

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Some people are under the impression that cutting unnecessary Pentagon spending is a non-starter with all Republicans, or almost all of them. But in the recent past, there has been a substantial group of Republicans in the House who were willing to vote to cut the Pentagon budget.

Hagel: Pentagon Staff Cuts Will Save At Least $1 Billion

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says cutting his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over five years. At a P...

Ready for What? -- Joint Chiefs Miss the Point on Pentagon Reform

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we let exaggerated cries of a readiness crisis scare us into letting the Pentagon off the hook on further budget cuts, we need to think harder about what we want our armed forces to be ready to do.

Pentagon Wants More Workers Exempt From Furloughs

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

SEOUL, South Korea — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Pentagon and administration lawyers are looking for ways to expand the number of Defense...

FDR, the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Pentagon Spending

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Once the politically-generated 'fiscal cliff' stalled in January with modestly raised tax revenues while cutting unemployment benefits, the first sequestration budget cut kicked in on March 1st despite a White House list of potentially horrendous cuts to education, transit, health care, housing, etc.

Pentagon To Lay Out Massive Furlough Plans To Handle Sequester

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

* Up to 800,000 civilian workers face 22 days unpaid leave * Notification to Congress required 45 days in advance * Prom...

Sequester Cuts Could Have Scary Consequences For Troops

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for...

Dire Warnings Issued On Cuts To 'Hollow' Out Military

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The military's top leaders are warning Congress that automatic spending cuts looming in March would force the Pentagon to slash ope...

Pentagon Layoffs Not Likely In Case Of Cliff Dive, Panetta Says

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is assuring Pentagon workers they will not face layoffs immediately if the government cannot avert the ye...

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...

Super Congress Fail May Not Hurt Pentagon

AOL Defense | By Colin Clark | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON: President Obama's defense budget for 2013 implements the start of the $500 billion in budget cuts required by the Budget Control Act but d...

Little-Known Committee Pushing Corporate Change For The Military

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

With time fast running out for the so-called deficit supercommittee, the mammoth amount of government money spent on the military has become a prime t...

'There's Not Going To Be A Tax Increase'

The Hill | Bernie Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Grover Norquist isn't worried about a GOP supercomittee proposal on taxes because he thinks Democrats want the panel to fail to reach a deal. ...

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Pentagon Chief: Cuts Would 'Terribly Weaken' The U.S.

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Large new cuts in defense spending would "terribly weaken" U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday as he and...

Look to '94 Crime Bill to Solve Budget Crisis

Jim Kessler | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Jim Kessler

Just as a major deal on an anti-crime package seemed improbable then, a major deal on the budget seems a pipe dream today.

Gates and Mullen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Pentagon Set To Announce $100 Billion In Spending Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce as early as Thursday about $100 billion in savings for the Pentagon and cuts to some weapons ...

Dan Froomkin

Memo To Deficit Hawks: Here's $1 Trillion To Cut -- From The Pentagon | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When you think about ways to tame the nation's long-term deficit, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Slashing benefits for the old and sick? O...