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US Defense Budget

Keeping Americans in the Dark - The Pentagon's M.O.

Nick Turse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

Rejecting both accurate accounting and actual accountability, the Defense Department has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to keeping Americans in the dark about the activities being carried out with their dollars and in their name.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability

William Hartung | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Now you see it, now you don't. Think of it as the Department of Defense's version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon's budget is as close to a work of art as you're likely to find in the U.S. government -- if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

The Record U.S. Military Budget

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

To listen to the Republican candidates' debate last week, one would think that President Obama had slashed the U.S. military budget and left our country defenseless. Nothing could be farther off the mark.

Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

William Hartung | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Despite the obvious changes that have occurred globally since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military is still expected to be ready to go anywhere on Earth and fight any battle.

The United States Could Learn From Its British Ally

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Unfortunately, with the hawkish Hillary Clinton the probable Democratic nominee for 2016 and a big-government Republican Party (tea party veneer aside) that has already forgotten the lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq and has become more bellicose by the day, a Cameron-style austerity program for defense (and everything else) is extremely unlikely.

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

William Hartung | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the Pentagon budget within the caps established in law. Unfortunately, there is a danger that the plan will be one step forward, two steps back.

And The Company That Makes The Most Money Off War Is...

24/7 Wall St. | Mike Sauter | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 o...

U.S. Intelligence Spending Fell In 2012 For 2nd Year In A Row

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2012 | World

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Oct 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's total spending on intelligence activities fell in 2012, the seco...

Cheney, Others Worry Over Looming Issue

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

By Lauren French and David Alexander WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican lawmakers on Tu...

Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph Gerson | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Joseph Gerson

As the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. Here are 10 reasons why we're coming to Chicago for the Counter Summit.

Republicans Need More Than Rhetoric On Defense

The Washington Post | David Ignatius February 9, 2012 | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Through 11 presidential elections, beginning with the Democrats’ nomination of George McGovern in 1972, Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of su...

Descent Into Ignominy: The Heritage Foundation Then and Now

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Today, Heritage's defense efforts are homilies supporting smaller forces, less people in uniform, and more dollars to buy fewer weapons of increasing ineffectiveness. How sad. How pathetic. How destructive to the security of Americans.

Will President Obama's Defense Budget Bankrupt America?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

At a time when the US in sinking deeper in debt amid a devastating economic crisis, does a bloated military budget that requires Chinese loans to finance represent a true enhancement of national security?