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  • Obama to cut AWACS fleet by 25%

    03/11/2014 5:59:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/11/2014 | Ed Lasky
    Adam Kredo reports for the Washington Free Beacon that Obama is planning to cut America’s key reconnaissance fleet by 25 percent:
  • Budget proposal won’t tame debt, interest would soon exceed military spending

    03/04/2014 7:12:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 4, 2014
    President Obama's latest budget proposal paints a troubling picture of America's fiscal future. Here's a startling snapshot: -- By 2024, the total national debt would rise from $17.4 trillion to nearly $25 trillion. -- By 2020, U.S. taxpayers would be paying more in interest on the debt than they would on the entire Defense budget. -- By 2017, those interest payments would be bigger than the budget for Medicaid. Despite Democratic claims that President Obama has tackled the deficit, the numbers give a sense of what fiscal hawks -- who have not given up their fight despite an election-year aversion...
  • War fighters, not bureaucrats bear the brunt of cuts

    02/24/2014 10:31:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    The NYT reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will today announce plans to slash the United States Army’s fighting force to its smallest level since before World War II as well as eliminating an entire class of attack aircraft, including the fearsome A-10. Obama officials say that the smaller fighting force reflects budget realities and an end to large-scale foreign wars.
  • Sec Hagel - Live Thread

    02/24/2014 10:24:37 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 24 , 2014 | Chuckie Hagel
    Hagel holds press briefing to discuss defense budget
  • Cutting One-Fifth. Twice.

    08/04/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20% cut in the ranks of the Pentagon’s top military officers and senior civilians. Beginning in 2015, and completed by 2019. Well, as we used to say: speed kills. The estimated 4,000 jobs at stake represent not only a fifth of those working at the highest levels of the U.S. military, but also represent about one-fifth — of 1% — of the U.S. military’s total full-time workforce. Hagel’s warning shot of budgetary pain to come marks the first time he has revealed action called for by the Strategic Choices...
  • No austerity at this federal agency (DISA)

    07/10/2013 4:56:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/10/2013
    Spend the money! Spend it all! Spend it now! That’s the distinct impression created by a recent e-mail sent by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contracting and budget officers to their colleagues. “Our available funding balances remain large in all appropriations — too large to spend” just on small supplemental funds often required by existing contracts, the June 27 e-mail said. DISA’s budget is $2 billion. “It is critical in our efforts to [spend] 100% of our available resources this fiscal year,” said the e-mail from budget officer Sannadean Sims and procurement officer Kathleen Miller. “It is also imperative that...
  • Army Captain Demands DHS Give Up Their Weapons Of War

    03/25/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 25, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Hestilow encouraged readers to “copy and properly amend this letter to send to your own senators and members of the U.S. House.” The following is his letter in its entirety. The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas United States Senate 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America. Dear Senator Cornyn, It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be...
  • Demoralizing

    04/04/2013 7:05:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 3 replies
    Washinton Free Beacon ^ | 3 Apr 13 | Adam Kredo
    Demoralizing Hagel tells military to prepare for cuts, ‘appreciate’ its ‘limits’ Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tried to mollify worried military leaders Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time about the Defense Department’s pressing budgetary woes. Widespread cuts to the defense budget have led DoD to impose furloughs on civilian employees, defer critical maintenance projects, and consider cutting benefits to military families. Military employees who attended Hagel’s speech at the National Defense University did not hesitate to express their fears, pressing Hagel to explain why benefits and salaries have been placed on DoD’s chopping block. “Why are we still furloughing?”...
  • Obama’s defense budget reneges on base closure promise

    04/10/2013 12:00:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama is backtracking from his campaign promise that “I don’t think now is the time” for another round of military base closures across the country. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday presented the $526 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2014, which explicitly calls for shutting down facilities in a process called Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). “BRAC is the only effective means of achieving infrastructure consolidation,” the Pentagon said. “This BRAC round adds $2.4 billion to costs in the next five years but would eventually save substantial sums. The actual closing of bases would involve a multiyear...
  • John Kerry gifts Egypt $250 million despite U.S. Sequestration

    03/03/2013 1:20:38 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 3, 2013 | Larry Clifton
    Obama's administration gave Egypt $450 million in emergency aid in 2012 and the country averages about two billion in U.S. foreign aid money each year. ... Earlier this year the Obama administration rattled the nerves of Israeli leaders when he agreed to supply Egypt with dozens of F-16 cutting-edge fighter jets at a cost of approximately $213 million to U.S. taxpayers.
  • Kerry Announces Millions in U.S. Aid for Egypt

    03/03/2013 1:33:22 PM PST · by tobyhill · 81 replies
    ny times ^ | 3/3/2013 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms. In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, Mr. Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypt’s “extreme needs” and Mr. Morsi’s assurance that Egypt would reach an agreement with the I.M.F. after more than a year of talks over a $4.8 billion loan package. The statement issued by Mr. Kerry noted that he and Mr. Morsi had discussed the need...
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • Obama Privately Touts Sequester After Denying Responsibility in Debate

    10/24/2012 9:13:00 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 2 replies
    At Monday's third presidential debate, President Obama pointedly promised that sequestered budget cuts that will affect defense spending "will not happen." OBAMA: First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. [emphasis added] The next morning, in an off-the-record interview with the editors of the Des Moines Register, President Obama reversed course, taking credit for a sequester that he anticipates will be "in place.": OBAMA: "So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent --...
  • Somebody Should Tell Politicians that the Military Budget is for National Defense,

    08/22/2012 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I agree with George Will that it’s okay to reduce Pentagon spending. After all, the United States accounts for almost one-half of the world’s military outlays, about twice as much as the combined total of possible enemies. But I also agree that national defense is one of the few legitimate functions of the federal government, so I want to make sure we get the most bang for the buck (no pun intended) from every penny.That’s why I get especially irritated when I read horror stories about Pentagon waste.But in many cases, it’s not the fault of the Generals and Admirals....
  • America’s aging aviation force: Father, son flew same fighter jet 30 years apart

    05/18/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Dave Deptula, a retired three-star general, knows the risks associated with flying older aircraft. While serving as the joint task force commander in 1998 and 1999 for Operation Northern Watch, Deptula flew 82 combat missions over Iraq. On one mission, as he was headed to a tanker to refuel, the master caution light came on, revealing a problem with the plane. His fuel gauge went to zero. Meanwhile, he was 500 miles away from his base. Fortunately, he was able to land safely.“The insulation was so old it simply had deteriorated to the extent where it came off and all...
  • Running on Empty: U.S. Defense Desperate for Biofuels

    07/11/2011 8:28:16 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 11, 2011 | Jason Mick
    Soaring gas prices have hit defense budgets, and served as a reminder of the volatility of oilBetween Iraq and Afghanistan alone, the U.S. Department of Defense needed an enormous amount of fuel last year -- the U.S. government uses 20 to 50 million gallons of fuel every month in Afghanistan to support operations. In fact, of the $15B USD it spent on fuel, 75 percent went towards operations, such as the efforts in these Middle Eastern nations. I. Massive Demand, Soaring CostsThe thirstiest branch of the armed forces was the U.S. Air Force (USAF). They used $8.1B USD in fuel,...
  • Donal Rumsfeld: The Peril of Deep Defense Cuts

    07/01/2011 6:36:22 AM PDT · by Clairity · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2011 | Donald Rumsfeld
    It will be tempting to accede to the White House's proposal to carve out $400 billion, if not more, from the national security budget by 2023. It would also be a grievous mistake. The critical difference between today and past eras, however, is that the proliferation of biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons means that America's margin for error is considerably more modest. Defense spending is now 19% of federal outlays and declining. This is the lowest percentage since before World War II. At 4.7% of GDP, the defense budget is dwarfed by the cost of Social Security, Medicare and...
  • House Panel Votes to Delay Gays in the Military

    05/14/2011 3:24:55 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 11, 2011 | AP
    A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief's authority on slashing the nation's nuclear arsenal. By a vote of 60-1, the House Armed Services Committee approved the broad, $553 billion defense blueprint that would provide a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, slightly increase health care fees for working-age retirees and meet the Pentagon's request for an additional $118 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The committee, on...
  • Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear Cuts to Defense Budget

    02/17/2011 3:55:05 PM PST · by hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org · 24 replies
    hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org ^ | February 17, 2011 | Tom Skypek
    Social Security may be the third rail of American politics, but the defense budget is at least worthy of notable mention. In fact, the defense budget is arguably the most politically sensitive budget item after entitlement spending. Conservatives and Republicans, who have enjoyed an advantage over their liberal counterparts on national security issues since Vietnam, too often associate a “strong national defense” simply with increases in defense spending—without considering the expenditures in the context of broader U.S. grand strategy. Many conservatives and Republicans are reluctant to propose cuts to the defense budget out of fear for appearing weak. Many just...
  • Senate Votes down motion to proceed to Defense authorization bill

    09/21/2010 12:19:49 PM PDT · by DadOfFive · 60 replies
    The Senate, by a vote of 56-43 did not pass the motion to proceed to debate on the defense authorization bill (S.3454). The procedural vote seeked to move the bill forward and begin the general debate; however 60 votes were needed to pass the motion. The source of the conflict were two provisions in the bill; repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and an immigration measure, the DREAM Act. Republicans have voiced their opposition to the measures, as well as Democratic leaders’ refusal to allow the other side to bring forth their amendments for consideration. In the House, Democratic...
  • U.S. Air Force Considers B-1 Bomber Fleet's Retirement

    06/28/2010 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Enchante · 50 replies · 2+ views
    TIME via YahooNews ^ | 06/28/10 | Mark Thompson
    ....the Air Force is thinking of retiring its total 66-plane B-1 fleet to hit budget targets set by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Top Air Force officials met behind closed doors late last week to determine if permanently grounding the B-1 fleet makes sense....
  • Army Budget Share Will Grow

    04/10/2010 9:26:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 316+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/9/2010 | GreG Grant
    Defense budgets are not declining and will remain stable through 2015. Defense spending will remain at about 21 percent of total federal outlays, or around 4.7 percent of GDP, according to an analysis of the 2011 defense budget by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. However, in a big change to business as usual, the defense budget will no longer be evenly divided between the three services as it has for around the past forty years. The ground forces will be the big winners in future years; the Army’s slice of the budget pie will grow as mountains of equipment...
  • The Clinton Surplus Myth

    02/17/2010 3:02:48 PM PST · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 727+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-17-10 | Derek Clark
    I'm here to blow a hole in the myth that Clinton created an amazing budget surplus that Bush squandered and turned into a huge deficit. The above chart shows the deficit/surplus since 1980, pay no attention to Obama's first year. I've talked enough about his budget deficit recently. The following is a chart of the Nasdaq from 1990 until now: Read more at floppingaces.net...
  • F-22 Or F-35: The Plane Truth

    02/04/2010 5:54:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies · 3,028+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. We may wind up defenseless and broke. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was supposed to be America's frontline fighter for the foreseeable future is in big trouble. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the general in charge of the program this week amid concerns of spiraling costs and program delays. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Daniel J. Crowley, one of Lockheed Martin's project managers,...
  • Hill Pork Meisters Retreat, A Little

    10/19/2009 12:56:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 370+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | October 18, 2009 | Winslow Wheeler
    The House and Senate Armed Services Committees have taken a small but significant step to eliminate – well, almost – one of the most outrageous congressional behaviors in defense legislation. For years, these committees have raided the Pentagon’s critical Operation and Maintenance accounts to offset the cost of earmarks (pork) they add to their bills. A major part of the O&M budget pays for training, weapons maintenance, food, fuel, spare parts, and all the other things troops need when they go to war. Even though O&M spending is the budgetary embodiment of “Support Our Troops,” and even though research on these raids...
  • US wants bunker-buster fast, denies Iran is reason

    10/13/2009 8:05:30 AM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies · 806+ views
    MyWay/AP ^ | Oct 13, 6:35 AM (ET) | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is speeding up delivery of a colossal bomb designed to destroy hidden weapons bunkers buried underground and shielded by 10,000 pounds of reinforced concrete. Call it Plan B for dealing with Iran, which recently revealed a long-suspected nuclear site deep inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. The 15-ton behemoth will be the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal. "I don't think anybody can divine potential targets," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. The administration has been careful not to take military action off the table even as it reaches out to...
  • New Charlie Rangel Pork--> You Can Go Home AGAIN?

    10/07/2009 4:51:50 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 198+ views
    NY POST/The Lid ^ | 10/7/09 | The Lid
    Charlie Rangel is trying to prove that you can go home again, or at least pork can go home again. In the latest defense bill Charlie Rangel slipped in a $3 million dollar earmark for CCNY. The defense department didn't want the project. Rangel's association with the school was strengthened years ago with his vanity earmarks surrounding the Charles Rangel School of Public Service at CCNY. This Charlie Rangel “Monument to Me” project was partially funded though US Government grants, directed by the Ways and Means Committee Chairman: Two years after creating a center in his own name at City...
  • Senate passes Pentagon budget, war funding

    10/06/2009 5:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 451+ views
    AP ^ | October 6, 2009 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama weighs major shifts in strategy in the deteriorating mission in Afghanistan, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill bringing total U.S. tab for that war to about $300 billion. The $626 billion measure, passed 93-7, also would ban outright any transfer of accused enemy combatants from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility into the United States. Current law permits transfer of detainees to face trial or go to prison.The underlying bill combines $128 billion for overseas military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with $498 billion for the rest of the Defense Department's budget. An...
  • Obama, Gates Lead Defense Acquisition Reforms

    08/22/2009 3:18:58 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 710+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: News American Forces Press Service Obama, Gates Lead Defense Acquisition Reforms By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – President Barack Obama threw his weight behind the Defense Department’s acquisition reform efforts earlier this week, emphasizing that unnecessary spending hurts not only taxpayers, but also warfighters on the front lines. “Every dollar wasted in our defense budget is a dollar we can’t spend to care for our troops or protect America or prepare for the future,” the president told participants at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 110th convention, in...
  • House passes $636B defense bill despite veto threat

    07/30/2009 12:20:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 902+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The House on Thursday bucked President Barack Obama’s veto threats and overwhelmingly approved a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill for fiscal 2010. The bill, passed on a 400-30 vote, does meet Obama’s demand to cap the F-22 fighter jet program, something he personally lobbied for. But the measure still contains funding on two programs that have drawn veto threats from the administration. In particular, the White House this week threatened to veto the bill over $560 million for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as $485 million for new helicopters to fly the president on...
  • Stimulate Defense

    02/10/2009 6:23:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 562+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2009
    Federal Spending: With the money spent on honeybee insurance in the stimulus package, the Army could buy nine utility helicopters and employ 1,200 skilled workers. Have we forgotten that the nation's interstate highway system was a defense project?The repairing of the nation's roads, bridges and infrastructure is touted by supporters of the stimulus package as a way of creating jobs that America needs to revitalize its economy. The interstate highway system initiated by President Dwight Eisenhower is cited as the kind of job-creating infrastructure work we need to do. What isn't noted is that when Eisenhower announced the program, he...
  • Military Spending Bill Shows Limits of Public Disclosure Rules

    07/22/2009 9:48:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 240+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2009 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Tucked into the voluminous congressional plan for U.S. military spending next year is a $160 million pot of money intended to help Mexico's police buy American-made police radios.It's a major purchase that one radio manufacturer got rolling, 12 members of Congress formally requested and a powerful defense appropriations chairman championed, according to records and congressional staff. But details of the plan to pump Pentagon funds into Mexico's crime-fighting efforts are cloaked in vaguely worded language in the House defense bill. The program is a one of many congressional requests in the bill, which also includes 1,080 projects worth $2.7 billion...
  • F22 to Japan and Israel: A Debt of Honor

    07/22/2009 7:43:14 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 11 replies · 633+ views
    American Thinjer ^ | July 22, 2009 | Ed Timperlake
    America, Israel and Japan are now at a crossroad. America may not be able to sell an export version of the best fighter in the world, the F-22, to Israel and Japan. The reason is the Administration's current insistence on holding fast to a DOD-budgeted production run of F-22s that will stop soon at 187. The harsh reality of stopping F-22 production will be two American allies who are in increasing mortal danger will not have access to the absolute best when they really need America's help. It has been argued that the F-35 is a great substitute for the...
  • Shooting Down The Raptor

    07/21/2009 5:36:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 2,681+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense Spending: The TARP bailout may hit $24 trillion, but the Senate says the F-22 is too expensive to build and maintain. So why are the Japanese so desperate to buy this "unnecessary" Cold War weapon?By a vote of 58-40, the Senate on Tuesday voted to remove $1.75 billion set aside in a defense bill to build seven more F-22 Raptors, adding to the 187 stealth technology fighters already in the pipeline. After some hope the production lines would be kept open, the Senate succumbed to arguments by the administration and others that the fighter was too expensive, too hard...
  • Top Obama Backer Warns Ending F-22 Production Is 'Real Mistake'

    07/17/2009 5:12:59 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 699+ views
    The most senior retired military officer to back President Obama's run for the White House says the president is making a "real mistake" in terminating F-22 production. Retired Gen. Merrill McPeak, who was the Air Force chief of staff during the 1991 Operation Desert Storm and who credited air power with winning the war, was the first four-star officer to endorse the one-term senator in his presidential campaign. McPeak traveled with Obama to bolster the candidate's commander-in-chief credentials, much to the chagrin of the general's fighter pilot colleagues. But now McPeak is breaking with Obama on the president's most contentious...
  • Saving The (F-22) Raptor

    06/22/2009 5:32:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,439+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 22, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Defense: By a narrow margin, a House subcommittee has voted to keep open the F-22 Raptor production line. The future of American air dominance and the fate of the world's most capable fighter hang in the balance.On May 30, with North Korea huffing and puffing about nuclear war, the first of 12 high-tech U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter jets landed at Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. It was just days after North Korea unnerved the region by detonating a nuclear device. There were reasons the F-22 was deployed to Japan. The stealthy, radar-evading fighter jet is...
  • U.S. Sir Force DFifth Generation Fighter: The F22A Raptor Requirements Retreat

    07/14/2009 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 1,797+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 13, 2009 | Maclenzie Eaglen and Eric Sayers
    Without congressional intervention, the Air Force's ability to conduct air superiority missions will be increasingly at risk over the next three decades. President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2010 defense budget request would stop production of the F-22A Raptor at just 187 aircraft and permanently shut down this production line.In reality, the F-22A program would actually end production at 186 fighters and not 187, because the March 2009 crash of an F-22 at Edwards Air Force Base involved a test aircraft not part of the official program of record. President Obama's decision to cap F-22A production at 186 fighters would in...
  • Upping U.S. Defense

    05/29/2009 7:45:43 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 29, 2009 | Emily Kanyi
    Upping U.S. Defense by: Emily Kanyi, May 29, 2009 Recently, newsrooms were abuzz with news of North Korea’s underground detonation of a nuclear bomb. Two days later even before the news had died down, and despite an outcry from the international community, North Korea defiantly tested two more short-range missiles. At the time of testing the nuke, media reports indicated that the White House was caught unaware by North Korea’s actions. Since then, as reported by The Hill, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Retired Marine Corps General Jim Jones, has said that North Korea’s nukes “are not ‘an imminent...
  • Murtha's Nephew Used Uncle to Get Defense Contracts

    05/12/2009 5:59:52 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 355+ views
    Washington Post/The Lid ^ | 5/12/09 | The Lid
    Last week the broke that John Murtha's nephew created a company, Murtech that received $4,000,000 worth of Pentagon contracts without having to bid on them. At the time the junior Murtha (Robert C. Murtha Jr) said that his defense contracts had nothing to do with his Uncle, the King of Congressional pork: Murtha said he does not advertise being the nephew of John Murtha and considers it "unfortunate" that some will unfairly assume Murtech received its federal contracts because of his uncle's influence at the Pentagon. New information has been discovered that indicates that Robert Murtha may not have been...
  • Gates optimistic on 2010 U.S. defense budget success

    05/03/2009 4:04:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2009 | David Morgan and Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview aired on Sunday that he is optimistic his recommendations for overhauling defense spending can survive an upcoming budget fight in Congress. Gates told CNN that he has been surprised by the limited scope of criticism aimed so far at his recommendations for the Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins October 1, and had heard some "important voices raised in support." "I'm relatively optimistic, actually," he said in the interview, which was taped last week. "I think we've presented, as one news magazine referred to it, a...
  • Murtha Accused of "Shaking Down" Contractor

    04/21/2009 10:29:44 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 349+ views
    CBS News/The Lid ^ | 4/21/09 | The Lid
    Congressman John Murtha, the King of Congressional Pork acts as if he is invulnerable. A few months ago, the FBI raided the offices of the PMA group, founded by a Murtha aide, and one of the Pork King's favorite Lobbying firm. What they found out suggests that Murtha and his buddies at the PMA Group operated their own little Earmark Factory. A recent report, the FBI may be zeroing in on the relationship between Murtha and PMA. Despite the FBI putting the Heat on Murtha and his PMA relationship, the Porkmeister is is still accepting money from PMA clients and...
  • McCain Statement on Gates' Budget Cuts

    04/06/2009 1:07:57 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 14 replies · 677+ views
    The Page ^ | 04/06/09 | John McCain
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement in response to Secretary Gates' announcement on a fundamental shift in Defense spending and priorities: “I strongly support Secretary Gates' decision to restructure a number of major defense programs. It has long been necessary to shift spending away from weapon systems plagued by scheduling and cost overruns to ones that strike the correct balance between the needs of our deployed forces and the requirements for meeting the emerging threats of tomorrow,” said Senator John McCain. “Today's announcement is a major step in the right direction. I believe...
  • Senator: Expect painful cuts in Pentagon budget (Carl Levin)

    03/31/2009 10:50:33 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 58 replies · 2,338+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2009 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate defense committee chairman says Pentagon budget will include large, painful cuts. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said Tuesday that major program cuts will not be pushed off until the 2011 budget, but will be included when Defense Secretary Robert Gates sends his spending plan to the president later this month.
  • Obama's Mythical Defense Cuts

    03/29/2009 4:30:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,759+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    One of the problems with liberals, as conservatives know, is that no matter how much money they are given to spend, it's never enough. The social and economic problems they lament are impossible to eradicate entirely, so more spending is always in order. After all, it is bound to do some good. Spending less? Never an option. But it turns out conservatives are not immune to that impulse. They just apply it to the programs they like instead of the ones liberals like. And their favorite of all is defense spending. The Wall Street Journal's editorial writers fear that any...
  • Pentagon Officials Sign Pledges of Secrecy in Budget Process

    02/26/2009 4:35:02 AM PST · by meowmeow · 17 replies · 619+ views
    Fox News ^ | 25 Feb 09 | Fox news
    The Pentagon said Wednesday that top military officers and civilians had to sign a letter promising to keep details secret as they work on the military's budget. Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters that Secretary Robert Gates made the unusual request out of concern for national security. He said the department didn't want any leaks to "unravel" the budget process.
  • President Says Budget Signifies New Way Forward for Defense

    02/25/2009 3:45:29 AM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 780+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2009 | By Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=53223 President Says Budget Signifies New Way Forward for Defense By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2009 – Americans are not quitters, and the country can overcome the difficulties facing it, President Barack Obama said tonight in his first speech before a joint session of Congress. In a speech mainly dedicated to the economic crisis facing the world, the president also honored the nation's men and women in uniform, vowing to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps, raise military pay and provide the medical care veterans...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...
  • Russian defense spending to grow 20% in 2008, to $40 bln

    02/27/2008 9:46:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 111+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 02/26/08
    Russian defense spending to grow 20% in 2008, to $40 bln 18:29 | 26/ 02/ 2008 MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry will spend around one trillion rubles ($40 bln) of federal budget funds in 2008, 20% more than in 2007, a ministry official said on Tuesday. "The Defense Ministry will spend a little less than one trillion rubles in 2008, which is about 20% more than last year," Deputy Defense Minister Lyubov Kudelina said. She also said that in 2008-10, military spending would account for 15.5-16% of aggregate federal budget expenditure. She said most of the...
  • Pass the Dream Act (Barf for Freepers, A possibility for everyone else)

    09/20/2007 7:37:40 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 52+ views
    New York Times ^ | 20 September 2007 | Editorial Staff
    It’s called the Dream Act, and it offers a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants’ children after they graduate from high school and complete two years of military service or college. Its Senate sponsors, including Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Richard Lugar of Indiana, have championed it as a way to open a future to talented children whose opportunities are closed because of their parents’ decision to immigrate here illegally. They also see it as giving a needed boost to the military by opening a new stream of high-quality recruits. The idea is modest and smart, but modest and...
  • Pentagon tracks global buildup in China's military

    05/26/2007 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's military buildup is moving beyond countering Taiwan to global operations from the Middle East through Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon's annual assessment of Chinese military power. "China's military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such as conflict over resources or territory," the report to Congress said. The statement, released yesterday, contradicts assessments of some pro-China analysts and intelligence officials who have said the nation's military buildup is relatively benign and limited to resolving the sovereignty issue of Taiwan, which was separated from China in 1949 during a civil war. China...