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Defense Spending

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

MEADS is a case study in how difficult it is to kill any appropriated program, even one that everybody agrees is too expensive, won't be delivered on time -- and won't work even when delivered.

The People Who Think We Don't Spend Enough On Defense Are Dead Wrong, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

Those who think we don't spend enough on defense are dead wrong, according to a new poll. In conjunction with Foreign Policy, the Snap Poll of the...

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

Mattea Kramer | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Hiding Under Our Desks on Nuclear Policy

Mike Quigley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Mike Quigley

Two decades since the end of the Cold War and more than a dozen years since September 11th, our outdated nuclear weapons policy is an anchor dragging down our military -- wasting money on yesterday's Cold War threats while ignoring today's 21st century security needs.

Reducing the Defense Budget Would be a Mistake

David Bergstein | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
David Bergstein

In addition to the necessity in having a daunting military to dissuade our enemies from potential attacks, there is a net economical benefit to the country in having a strong and well-funded military.

Why Efforts To Cut Spending Fail

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR and CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year...

Reduce Our Nuclear Arsenal to Save Money and, Quite Possibly, Lives

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

As costs for our nation grow, there are areas where we can cut spending. The first place we should start is with our unnecessary and expensive spending on nuclear weapons that are more suited for the Cold War than the strategic challenges we face today.

Camp and Hagel Swing for the Fences

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

If their boldness inspires President Obama and our nation to comprehensively reform and rebalance our federal fiscal framework in a manner fulfills its core commitments while nurturing economic vitality, they will have truly hit it out of the park.

Battling Indefensible Cuts: Reduce Wasteful Defense Spending Instead of Troops and Benefits

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced an initiative by the Obama administration to significantly reduce military spending over five years.

Defense Spending Cuts Force Hard Strategic Choices

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Big budget cuts over the next decade will force the Pentagon to make painful cuts to ...

The Patriotic American

Courtney McKinney | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

If you want to be a patriotic American, look at America as it is. Acknowledge the human potential in this country as it exists rather than how you wish it to be. Listen to the observations of the young with curiosity rather than contempt.

In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.

Are New Nuclear Weapons Affordable?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The astronomical funding required to replicate our Cold War arsenal does not square with the security threats in today's world. Nor will our conventional forces be able to withstand the cuts necessitated by the price burden of these nuclear delivery systems.

Obama Orders Review Of Military Sexual Assault

Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

By NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ordering a review of the military's response to sexual assault...

Senate Nears Approval Of Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A comprehensive defense bill that would crack down on sexual assault in the military and add protections for victims headed toward...

Budget Deal Could Have Been Worse, But Fiscal Policy Still on the Wrong Track

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

There was good news, bad news, and stupid news from the budget deal reached by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Probably the best news is that we can have a national day of gloating that there are no cuts to Social Security.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Presses Congress To Act On Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pressuring Congress to act this year on a defense policy bill. Army Gen. Martin Demp...

Dave Jamieson

AWKWARD: U.S. Companies' Labor Standards May Be Too Weak For The U.S. Military | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As Congress tries to hash out a military spending bill for next year, lawmakers are considering a provision that would give preferential...

Defense Bill Caught In Congress' Political Divide

AP | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

BY DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — For 51 years of war and peace, Republicans and Democrats rallied around a bill to pay th...

Defense Policy Bill Stalls Over Partisan Divide

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans strug...

Details on the Army's Officer Brain Drain: This Is What Cutting 2,000 Majors and Captains Could Look Like

Aaron Kletzing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aaron Kletzing

For all the future 'real world simulations' the Army will conduct at its training centers, there's no replacing what these officers' eyes have seen, the orders they've given, and the consequences they've dealt with in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Exporting Liberal Democracy, Market Capitalism, and Rule of Law

D. Robert Worley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Weakened power over opinion raises the cost and lowers the probability of achieving everything the U.S. attempts in foreign policy. Getting our own house in order, setting an enviable example, best serves domestic and foreign policy objectives.

The Only Solution for the Budget Committee: How to Muddle Through to 2015

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans serve ideological masters, Democrats serve constituencies. None of the Democrats' constituencies fare well under Republican ideology, and nothing that serves Democrats' constituencies satisfies Republican ideology. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

After the Shutdown, Don't Exempt the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.

Giant Pentagon Budget Is Unauditable Year After Year

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, curbing the worst excesses of an out-of-control military industrial complex is not a front burner issue for the 40 or so Tea Party Republicans currently stomping their feet in Congress about health care reform.