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First Defense Spending Cuts Since 9/11

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to f...

McKeon: For Weapons Makers, the Buck Starts Here

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

One common theme that runs through deficit proposals is the need to make substantial cuts in Pentagon spending. But there will be another obstacle before real savings can be reaped: pork barrel politics.

It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (4): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Over the past three days, we've looked at the phony deficit crisis withe excerpts from my new book, "It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On: The S...

Out of Almost Everywhere?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

This summer the rise of the American military empire and the reasons for winding it down was examined in a trio of books associated with the website

Question for Robert Gibbs: Where's Our Money?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The money we need to create jobs at home is going to fund a war in Afghanistan where just as many U.S. soldiers have now died under Obama as under Bush.

Time to Discipline DOD: The Disappointing Perry-Hadley Report

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The struggle to discipline the defense budget and reign in the Department of Defense has begun. Growing concern about the deficit, combined with grow...

The Trillion-Dollar Question

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The full-page ads in The Washington Post seem so reasonable. The military contractor Pratt & Whitney has been arguing that America doesn't need to spe...

The Odd Logic Of Deficit-Cutting Arguments

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of CAF's ongoing "Virtual Summit on Fiscal an...

Is An Inflated Defense Budget the Cause of Our Debt Problem?

Mark Axelrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

As the infrastructure of the country decays, the military budget grows. From what is the American public being protected that we have to spend that much money on defense?

Cut the Deficit -- Cut Military Spending

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

To reduce a $1.6 trillion shortfall in the 2011 budget, we should cut the contracts of private defense contractors who serve their own profits.

Exercise of Conscience Seems to Be the Only Answer to Government Quagmire

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Coleen Rowley

25 Minnesotans for Peace (including myself) recently traveled to Washington DC to give a message to our elected representatives before the President's...

War Spending Surges In Obama's Budget

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's new budget, to be released Monday, forecasts two consecutive years of near $160 billion in war funding, far more than he hope...

Can We Still Believe in That Change Obama Ran On?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

President Obama State of the Union speech shows little understanding of the time we're in or of the daily experience of real Americans. Maybe it comes...

The Next US Invasion -- at a Campus Near You

Michael Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Schwartz

People in universities are committed to establishing a "veteran friendly" campus, and some believe that bringing ROTC onto campus is a way to make veterans feels more comfortable. This is simply not true.

Arms Trade: A "Booming" Business

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frida Berrigan

For 2010, total military spending is $680 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $26 billion, over 2009. This is not the end of business as usual at the Pentagon.

Starting Another Year of the War in Afghanistan

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Norman Solomon

As this month begins the ninth year of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, "windowless" seems to be an apt metaphor for our strategy there.

The F22: Toe of the Dragon

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

President Obama has started his fight with America's great dragon, the military-industrial complex. The toe, in this case, is the F-22, a stealth fighter jet.

A Victory For Sensible Defense

The Progress Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Progress Report

The Center for American Progress Action Fund has launched the Sensible Defense campaign to "hold Congress accountable for putting wasteful defense spending back into the budget."

Reading the Pictures: F-22 Slapped Around A Little, But Oh Still So Hot

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2009-07-22-shaw2.jpgThere's whitewash and greenwash and there's also Raptorwash.

Sahil Kapur

Defense Contractors Lobby For More F-22s, Obama Threatens Veto | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The F-22 stealth fighter jets may no longer be needed, but its manufacturers, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, are lobbying aggressively to keep them in th...

Six Years into the Iraq War: Can We Still Be a Superpower?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

But if we are clear, now, about the failure of the neoconservative agenda of global dominance, the question remains: How should the U.S. relate to the rest of the world?

Guns, Butter, and Obama

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

The combination of lobbying and PAC money that pours into election coffers every two years gives the arms industry enormous influence.

For Obama: A Five-Point Foreign Policy Agenda

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

We no longer can afford to be the world's biggest military spender, and although the world looks to us for leadership, it has rejected domination.

Now is Our Time: Ask Barack for a Just Foreign Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Obama promised to improve U.S. relations with Latin America, invoking the example of FDR, whose "Good Neighbor" policy swore off U.S. military intervention.

IBM Joins Pentagon In Attempt To Create Electronic Cat Brains

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

IBM is that latest company to join in the Pentagon's quest to make electronics that mimic the "function, size, and power consumption" of a cat's brain...