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The Congressional Pack Rats

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The Congressional - and often bureaucratic - asset hoarding pathology is a result of perverse economic incentives that accompany public ownership. These incentives encourage bad behavior.

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget

William Hartung | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's budget season again, which means it's time for another round of budget gimmicks on the part of the Pentagon. The Obama administration's new Pentagon budget proposal exceeds the budget caps established in current law by $34 billion. That's a hefty sum even by Pentagon standards.

Ash Carter's Excruciating Dilemma

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

One of Carter's major tasks will be to oversee the continuing transition of the U.S. military after two highly costly and un-winnable wars to an uncertain environment that will test the Obama administration's last two years in office.

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

The State of the Pentagon Budget Is Uncertain

William Hartung | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama spoke about a lot of things in his hour-and-10-minute State of the Union address last night, but there's one thing he didn't mention: the caps on Pentagon spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Now It Is CENTCOM: But It Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Security comes down to protecting people, and if you can't do that your security system is faulty.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

Investigative Reporter Alissa Figueroa Exposes Stunning Flaws in Veterans' Benefits System

Joshua Kors | Posted 02.28.2015 | Media
Joshua Kors

Figueroa's four-part series has ripped the cover off a corrupt branch of the veterans' benefits system, transforming the national conversation about why so many of our soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are being denied disability benefits and medical care.

Cheney: Wrong on Iraq, Right on Torture?

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was surprisingly persuasive in an emotionally charged Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning. All those Howar...

Hagel in Obamaland

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Unless the administration leaps back through the looking glass to the real world, the next two years will be grim. Chuck Hagel's departure will not change that forecast. And neither will Dr. Carter's nomination allow an escape from Obamaland-- no matter his qualifications.

Hagel and Beyond: Obama's Pentagon Problem Is More A White House Problem

William Bradley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week after his sudden ditching of Defense Secretary and would-be fall guy Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama finally seems to have a nominee for the post which other leading candidates promptly turned down.

The New Defense Secretary and Guantanamo Bay

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.

Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

David W. Kearn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.

Pentagon Newspeak

Stanley Kutler | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The Pentagon has launched a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War to provide "historically accurate materials" for schoolchildren. Get 'em young.

Hagel Farewell

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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An Open Letter of Apology to the United States of America

Brian Joyce | Posted 01.25.2015 | Media
Brian Joyce

The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.

Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget.

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

Don't Throw Billions at an Obsolete Nuclear Arsenal

William Hartung | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we spend billions on various short-term fixes to the Pentagon's existing nuclear enterprise, let's rethink the hundreds of billions the department wants to spend on nuclear weapons we don't need at prices we can't afford.

Embracing Who You Are

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, teaching Black children that they don't have to have straight hair or look like anyone else or stop being who they are in order to be accepted is another way of reaffirming that they are already perfect exactly the way God made them.

Speaking Out Against the Militarization of Police

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

In a fundamentally misguided effort to stop Americans from using drugs in the 1990s, Congress allowed the DOD to provide surplus military equipment -- often from warzones overseas -- to local police for free. To date, more than $5 billion in this equipment has been transferred.

El Salvador Still Deserves Justice

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

I await the day when the United States will recognize its own responsibility for the suffering and sorrow of so many families throughout Latin America, including El Salvador, ask forgiveness, and as an act of reconciliation, close the WHINSEC.