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Defense Spending

Perry Talking Point Distorts Facts

FactCheck.org | Eugene Kiely, with Lauren Shapiro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 perc...

Deputy Defense Secretary: 'End This Madness'

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

(Adds quotes, background) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work o...

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

U.S. Economy Grows At 3.5 Percent Rate

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the d...

Jennifer Bendery

Why Congress Is Reluctant To Stop The Military Toys Flowing To Local Cops

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is forcing members of Congress to explain their ongoing support for a...

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

David McCabe

Biden Calls Out Cheney On Cuts To Food Stamps, Transportation

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday rebuked Dick Cheney's call to cut spending for food stamps and highways and increase funds for the...

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

Thank You, Chester Nez

John F. Schwaller | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
John F. Schwaller

Thank You, Chester Nez

House Rebuffs Pentagon On Defense Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold Wa...

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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.