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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's Really Wrong With Pentagon's Proposed Pay Cuts

Sarah Smiley | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sarah Smiley

Having my sons courted by a recruiter who will tell them about the "great deal" of the military is, in my mind, exposing them to a promise that is quickly becoming an illusion.

House GOP Budget Spares Weapons, Military Benefits

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans spare aircraft, bases and personnel benefits from defense budget cuts by chipping away at money the Pentagon spe...

Taxes: The Debate We're Not Having

Steven Conn | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If you feel like you are paying too much this year to Uncle Sam, remember. The issue isn't what you are paying, but what those taxes buy you. And until we are willing to tame the $700 billion budgetary gorilla, you won't ever get much value for your hard-earned money.

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

William Hartung | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the Pentagon budget within the caps established in law. Unfortunately, there is a danger that the plan will be one step forward, two steps back.

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.

Ukraine's Crisis Doesn't Justify Overspending on the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

In fact, the situation in the Ukraine is an example of the limits of military power, not the need for more of it.

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.

Breaking Out of the Budget Straitjacket

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's annual budget demonstrates whether our values are driving our national choices. Are we going to continue to give extra tax breaks worth billions to hot shots in the finance industry or re-direct tax help to decrease the poverty of more than 13 million workers?

Top Five Things to Know About President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

The president wants to provide pre-kindergarten to every student and expand the existing Head Start program, which provides early childhood education to low-income families. The budget proposal would dedicate $66 billion over 10 years to this initiative.

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.

Hagel Says U.S. Military Must Shrink To Face 'More Volatile' World

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size ...

Hagel Recommending To Shrink Army

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says that as part of the proposed 2015 defense budget, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is recommending shrinking the Ar...

Probe Rep. Petri for Pentagon Contractor Conflict of Interest

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Gannet reported that Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri had successfully gone to bat for a Pentagon contractor in which Petri owned hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, causing the value of Petri's investment in the company to rise, possibly as much as $200,000.

Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Despite being popular with the military, drones draw inordinate domestic and international criticism, not just because of what they are -- a new tool of war -- but what they evoke: the cultural anxiety of the machine as master.

Who's Afraid of the Military-Industrial Complex?

William Hartung | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Even before the word sequester came to dominate the budget debate in Washington, there were signs that the military-industrial complex was no longer ten feet tall.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Hagel Offers Troops Rare Hope On Defense Budget

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday offered troops a rare glimmer of hope on the department's financia...

How we Invest to Keep our Future Safe and Secure

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

Every dollar we spend on outdated, unnecessary nuclear weapons like the B61 is a dollar not spent on investments to move our country forward and keep our citizens safer. Ohio's 900,000 veterans deserve better.

Ready for What? -- Joint Chiefs Miss the Point on Pentagon Reform

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we let exaggerated cries of a readiness crisis scare us into letting the Pentagon off the hook on further budget cuts, we need to think harder about what we want our armed forces to be ready to do.

A Costly No Show

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.

Ask a Keynesian: With U.S. Borrowing Capped, Won't More Pentagon Spending Destroy Jobs?

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Grand Bargain is essentially about taking money from middle income people through Social Security cuts and tax increases and giving the money to the Pentagon for unnecessary Pentagon spending.

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.

This Is How The Pentagon Spends Its $645.7 Billion Annual Budget

Face The Facts USA | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

If Congress and the White House don't strike a deficit-reduction deal, cuts kick into the Pentagon's $645.6 billion annual budget. Here's what that me...

Hagel's Strategic Review: A Reasonable US Defense Posture?

Carl Conetta | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Conetta

It is a new world, as Pentagon planners are slowly discovering. Adapting to it begins with the recognition that the principal strategic challenge we face today is economic in character.