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US Defense Budget

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. Army To Cut Civilian Jobs In Europe

AP | Posted 11.30.2012 | World

BERLIN -- The U.S. Army says it's cutting 160 civilian support positions in Europe as it moves ahead with plans to reduce the number of soldiers on th...

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?