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  • College Professors Want to Cut the Defense Budget

    03/29/2017 11:56:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 29, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academics are upset that they don’t get as many chances as they would like to contribute to U. S. foreign policy. Maybe that's a good thing. On the one hand, most of them opposed the Iraq War, at least after the fact, Benjamin H. Friedman and Justin Logan show in an essay which appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly. On the other, "A 2004-2005 survey of international relations scholars asked, 'Do you think that the United States should increase its spending on national defense, keep it about the same, or cut it back?' Just short of...
  • NDAA 2016: Almost $1B to Arm and Train Syrian, Ukrainian Rebels

    10/15/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Senate has approved a 2016 Defense Department spending bill that earmarks nearly $1 billion to arm Syrian and Ukrainian rebels, including several batallions adopting neo-Nazi symbols and slogans. By a veto-proof 70-27 vote, the Senate voted on October 7 to approve the $612 billion Pentagon appropriation bill for 2016, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While most of the items in the bill would never be approved were our government to be bound by the enumerated powers of the Constitution, a few of the provisions are particularly pernicious.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • 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 · 10 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...