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Defense Cuts

This Spy Plane Outlasted The Cold War, But Defense Cuts Are Threatening Its Future

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were o...

Military Pension Cuts Now Unsure; Changes Likely

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the n...

McConnell Enlists Defense Contractors To Beat Back GOP Primary Foes

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently delivered a direct pitch to one of America's top defense contractors: Get off the sidelin...

Military Training Altered Due To Budget Cuts

AP | BRETT BARROUQUERE and SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Budget cuts to the military have forced installations around the country to alter training exercises and daily routines to...

Top Military Officers Warn Congress Against Harmful Cuts

AP | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officers are warning that automatic budget cuts will compromise the armed services' abilit...

Hagel Denies Overhyping Big Problem

AP | DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders offered a sober assessment Thursday of the impact of automatic spending cuts on the military, arguing that ...

Army Competition Rocked By Major Cuts

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Some contestants for the Army's soldier of the year no longer compete against one another in person, but now must be judged ...

Hagel Issues Tough Warning To Congress

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned lawmakers Wednesday of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if Congress doesn'...

Army Making Big Cuts

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Army will eliminate at least 12 combat brigades, relocate thousands of soldiers and cancel $400 million in construction project...

Sam Stein

State's Republicans Are Beginning To Loathe Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

Midway through Wednesday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on cyber security, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) turned the conversation to the budge...

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

Congress Pushes Weapons Army Says It Doesn't Need

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers fro...

Of Hubris and Humility

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Humility is an act of strength, not a sign of weakness, because it reflects confidence in the future more than a fear enslaved by the past. Isn't that, after all, what America should be most about? And if humility was good enough for Jesus, as the Pope is helping us to remember, then shouldn't it also be good enough for us?

Making the Argument for Entrepreneurial Approaches to National Security

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

The current budget discussion regarding defense spending (as manifest in sequestration) does not differentiate R&D and innovation as a priority item.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pennsylvania District Protests Toll Of Sequestration Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

As most congressional lawmakers spend Easter recess hosting town halls and fundraising, Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) plans to highlight the impact ...

Hagel Orders Review Of Obama Strategy

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpin...

House Lawmakers Question Officials On Military Base Closings

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers said Thursday they are opposed to a new round of military base closings in the United States and challenged Defense...

John McCain Predicts 'Real Backlash' Over Sequester

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Thursday evening in an interview that even though the sequester has gone into effect he will continue to work to revers...

Ben Hallman

Sequester Threatens To Push Federal Contractors Onto Government Assistance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.28.2013 | Business

In other circumstances, Darrell See could well find himself unemployed and dependent upon the government for his sustenance. A Navy veteran, he suffer...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sequester Defense Cuts Feared By Contractors After Year Of Campaign Fawning

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 campaign, politicians paid plenty of attention to defense contractors. They toured parts of the country that rely on the...

Killing With Sound: What Happens When the Whales Stop Singing?

Brenda Peterson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Brenda Peterson

For whales, such as the great blue, who can communicate over thousands of miles, such sonic stress affects reproduction and communication so much that some whales simply stop vocalizing. What happens to our oceans when the whales stop singing?

NATO Chief Says Defense Cuts Could Compromise Safety

AP | DON MELVIN and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.21.2013 | World

BRUSSELS -- The head of NATO urged member countries Thursday to stop cutting their defense budgets in response to tough economic times, saying continu...

Panetta Warns Looming Cuts Could Rock 'Vast Majority' Of Key Workers

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have...

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...

Obama Fight With Republicans Could Have Scary Consequences

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

What does smaller government look like? The budget standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans means Americans may soon find...