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Defense Budget

For Defense Industry, Golden Age Is Over

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) -- The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, Osama bin Laden is dead, and the federal government is deeply in debt. This spells...

Is There a Pony Somewhere in All This Defense Budget Manure?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Depending on which side of the military spending issue one is on, depending on whether one is a hawk or a dove, chills or thrills are running up and ...

Debt Deal Nails Defense Budget

AOL Defense | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

Few things seem certain at this point from the budget deal struck yesterday. One point that three Hill sources agree on is that the Defense Department...

Good Times for the Nuclear Weapons Budget

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

As the rest of Washington is bracing for cuts, the funding spigot for nuclear weapons and delivery systems is about to get thrown wide open. What does this say about our security priorities?

Is It Safe to Cut the Pentagon Budget?

William Hartung | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Amid reports that President Obama and House Republicans may be zeroing in on a budget deal that could cut as much as $700 billion from the Pentagon over the next decade, the "spend now, ask questions later" crowd is poised to make a political counterattack.

Increase Security and Decrease the Deficit with a Unified Security Budget

Don Kraus | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Military spending is not and has never been the only way to maintain and increase our national security. Diplomacy, development and prevention lead to more stabilization than does purchasing unnecessary weapons.

Government Insider: The Deputy Secretary of Defense Gets It Wrong

AOL Defense | Colin Clark | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

Sometimes, not very often to be sure, someone in government feels so strongly that things are headed in the wrong direction that they feel compelled t...

What Is Gates? Who Is Panetta?

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Robert Gates has been called the best secretary of defense in recent memory. On the other hand, he has a reputation with some as a slick career bureaucrat with a knack for avoiding blame but pocketing credit. Both are true.

Sam Stein

Carney Defends Libya's $1 Billion Potential Price Tag | Sam Stein | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over the constitutionality of U.S. involvement in Libya's civil war has obscured what could be a far harder sale for the pres...

NATO's Future Is America's Dilemma

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 08.16.2011 | World
Robert Barrett, PhD

Robert Gates' critique points to a deeper intervention dilemma for the United States -- how to balance its known military might with its desired level of participation in global conflicts.

Panetta: Every Part Of Defense Budget 'Must Be On The Table'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon, predicted on Thursday that Iraq will ask the United States to k...

House Panel Unveils Defense Spending Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A House panel on Tuesday unveiled a $649 billion defense spending bill for next year's Pentagon budget that funds the nation's wars...

Afghanistan War Cost To Be Biggest Factor In Debate Over Troop Reductions

Washington Post | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics

Of all the statistics that President Obama’s national security team will consider when it debates the size of forthcoming troop reductions in Afghan...

New GOP Lawmakers Don't Walk The Walk On Spending Issue

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hard-charging Republicans who rallied voters last year with cries of "Stop the spending, ban the earmarks" are quietly offering a m...

House Panel Begins Work On Defense Budget

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A House panel voted Wednesday to delay President Barack Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military despite De...

Todd Akin: Cutting Defense Would Deal With 'Wrong Problem'

Posted 06.21.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- The battle over the defense budget took a new turn, with The New York Times issuing a rare lead e...

The Budget Battle: A Right to Health Care vs. the War "Corporation"

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

An overwhelming amount has now been written in the pages of HuffPost about Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) proposed budget plan, so any additional words here ca...

Gates Closing: Teller Window, Too?

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Robert Gates' tenure as secretary of defense has bracketed a turbulent period in American politics only to be resurrected at death's door by heavy doses of steroids provided by the victims.

Amanda Terkel

How Much Are You Paying For The War In Afghanistan? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As Americans breathe a sigh of relief over finally filing the returns on what they owe (or are owed from) Uncle Sam this Tax Day, the pr...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Claims Every Time The U.S. Has Cut Taxes, Revenue Has Gone Up | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress addresses the federal deficit and begins debating next year's budget, a centerpiece of the conversation is whether to raise ...

Amanda Terkel

Member Of John Boehner's 'Kitchen Cabinet' Of Economists Supports Afghan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress looks at all sorts of discretionary non-defense projects to cut to reduce the deficit, a core member of House Speaker John B...

My Easter Letter To The IRS

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It has been hard for me to navigate what to do as tax season approaches, with so much of our federal tax money going toward militarism.

Robert Gates' Budget Dance

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Why is the base defense budget higher than was projected and higher after Robert Gates made his reductions? The answer is simple. Most of the cuts he claimed credit for were not reductions.

Our Coup d' Etat, by Accident

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If we Americans and our civilian-elected leaders don't come to terms with our over-dependence on the military, we will cede increasing authority to an institution that doesn't want it and should not have it.

Shadow Elite: Grover Norquist -- Many GOP Legislators Privately Favor Afghanistan Withdrawal

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Grover Norquist, toast of the left? Well, not quite, but the longtime anti-tax activist has been winning favorable mention in seemingly unusual quarters recently for pushing a debate on withdrawing from Afghanistan.