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  • The Nightmare of a Defenseless America

    05/05/2014 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | May5, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Ironically, the blizzard of YJ-82X cruise missiles launched from the Chinese subs lying off the coast of Baja California crossed the beach directly over the SEAL training complex on Coronado. America had decided that its special forces were a cheap substitute for the less glamorous hardware and formations that had traditionally been the foundation of American military power. Now, those elite warriors watched helplessly as the missiles roared overhead north toward the two carriers berthed at North Island. The casualties would have been much higher if the Navy had been able to fully man the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the...
  • Navy Ordered to Drop LCS Fleet by 20 Ships

    01/16/2014 9:11:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 16th | Kris Osborn
    The Office of the Secretary of Defense has instructed the Navy to reduce its planned buy of the new Littoral Combat Ship from 52 to 32 ships, substantially limiting the size and scope of the emerging multi-mission, shallow-water ship program, according to reports. Defense News cites a Jan. 6 memo from Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox account announcing the decision pointing to budget guidance from the White House on some large acquisition decisions. Pentagon and Navy officials would not comment on the memo or the acquisition decision regarding LCS fleet size, citing budget deliberations as pre-decisional. “We continue to...
  • Battle stations! Navy scrambles destroyer to challenge Russian warship off British coast

    01/05/2014 9:08:48 AM PST · by protest1 · 35 replies
    The Dailt Mail, UK ^ | 5 January 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Battle stations! Navy scrambles destroyer to challenge Russian warship off British coast (but it takes 24 hours to make 600-mile journey from Portsmouth base - was Putin testing our response time?)
  • Defense Cuts: Four Navy Programs To Watch Closely

    09/14/2013 9:16:12 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 13, 2013 | Loren Thompson,
    Over the next several weeks, there will be a raft of news stories disclosing cuts to Pentagon weapons programs. The stories will begin with briefings by the military services to the defense secretary’s management team next week about their planned budget requests for fiscal 2015, and then continue into the fitful beginning of the 2014 fiscal year two weeks later. In both cases, the focus of stories will be on how the Pentagon proposes to cope with deficit-reduction provisions in the Budget Control Act. Those provisions are likely to significantly reduce the military capabilities of the U.S. because they mandate...
  • Defense Industry Lobbies to Kill Sequester Spending Cuts

    07/07/2013 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 7, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Modest spending cuts that were put into place March 1 due to sequestration have mostly failed to result in the economic doom predicted by Keynesians. Now the defense industry is working to undo those cuts. Jeremy Herb of The Hill has reported on lobbying industries going up to Capitol Hill, redoubling their efforts to restore budget cuts: Cord Sterling, vice president of legislative affairs for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), said his group is working to articulate the damage from the cuts that are now beginning to take hold. They remain hopeful that a fix is on the horizon. ......
  • [British] Army chief: We won’t win wars if we are cut again

    06/13/2013 9:22:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:53PM BST 13 Jun 2013 | Ben Farmer
    Forcing more spending cuts on the military would be dangerous and disruptive and would damage the country’s ability to win wars, the head of the Army warns. Gen. Sir Peter Wall warned that further savings would place the Army’s future plans in jeopardy and seriously damage its “professional competence” in some areas. … George Osborne, the Chancellor, has said he wants to find £11.5 billion ($18.1 billion) of savings from Whitehall departments, and the Ministry of Defense is expected to be hit hard. The Army is already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel after the defense budget was cut in...
  • 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?”...
  • Disgust of Desert Rat veterans over loss of tanks (UK defense cuts)

    03/06/2013 10:51:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:59AM GMT 06 Mar 2013 | John-Paul Ford Rojas and Alice Philipson
    Second World War Desert Rats describe their disgust and sadness after it emerges that the celebrated tank unit would be left without any tanks as a result of the latest round of defense cuts. Major Sam Bradshaw, who fought with the 7th Armoured Brigade throughout the conflict, including its famous campaign in north Africa, said he would like to wring David Cameron’s neck. … He added: “They are just cutting back, cutting back, cutting back. You can’t put a price on defense. I won’t live to regret it, but my thoughts are with the people of the future. I hope...
  • 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...
  • Republicans should execute 'Maneuver X'

    01/17/2013 5:33:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Phillip Klien
    ... Over the past two years, Republicans have ... viewed every potential crisis -- a possible government shutdown, the threat of a debt ceiling breach and the prospect of the nation sailing over the "fiscal cliff" -- as an opportunity to corner Obama into agreeing to tackle the nation's mounting debt problem. This strategy has created a dynamic in which Obama has successfully portrayed Republicans as reckless, incapable of governance and willing to put the economy at risk to make a political statement. He's been able to deflect questions about his own lack of action on deficits by blaming Republican...
  • The Right Way to Cut Defense Spending

    01/14/2013 6:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Byron York
    Republicans, and many Democrats, are upset by the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the nation's defense budget. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is so alarmed that the day before the Senate took up what became the "fiscal cliff" agreement, he called a key Republican lawmaker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to express deep concern that the cuts might go into effect. As it turned out, Congress put them off for two months. Sequestration would force the government to reduce discretionary spending by about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Roughly half of that, or $600 billion, would come from defense --...
  • CBO Report: Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff Costs Over $1 Trillion

    11/15/2012 5:07:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 15, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    The Congressional Budget Office released their analysis of the group of deficit-fighting policies known as the "fiscal cliff." The big takeaway: completely averting the contraction that would occur in 2013 and 2014 would cost $1.16 trillion - entirely deficit-financed. There would certainly be some economic benefits to all of this, however. The CBO has a wide range of estimates for the positives - between 0.8% and 5% growth in real GDP, and between 1.1 million and 5.8 million new jobs. There are a lot of caveats here, as it's an incredibly wide range of estimates, but there would certainly be...
  • Russian Attack Sub Off Our Coast As Sequestration Looms

    11/07/2012 10:40:09 AM PST · by raptor22 · 42 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 7, 2012
    Defense: The fruit of unilateral disarmament, appeasement and promised "flexibility" patrols our East Coast near one of our largest ballistic missile submarine bases. Defense cuts and Russian subs — a double whammy. 'On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume constant patrolling of the world's oceans by strategic nuclear submarines," Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said in February. Keeping that promise, a Russian Sierra-2 class nuclear attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of our East Coast on the eve of a U.S. presidential election in which defense spending and priorities were a key issue. This is the...
  • Obama Administration to Defense Contractors: No Layoff Notices Until After Election, Please

    09/29/2012 4:07:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    In an effort to make the economy look a little rosier than it is, the Obama administration is basically coercing defense contractors so as to prevent news of layoffs hitting voters before the election. With sequestration about to result in some major cuts to the defense budget, contractors will lose government business -- and that means, employees will lose jobs. But to prevent poor numbers ahead of the November election, the Obama administration has made it very, well, fiscally unwise for companies to issue layoff notices too early. The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate”...
  • Should Conservatives Cut a $646-Billion Defense Budget?

    In 1989, the year President Ronald Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall came down, total spending by the Department of Defense equaled $468.7 billion in constant 2005 dollars, according to the Office of Management and Budget. In 2005, when President George W. Bush started his second term, and the U.S. was at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, DOD spent $473.4 billion in constant 2005 dollars. This year, under President Barack Obama, DOD will spend $582.5 billion in constant 2005 dollars. In inflation-adjusted dollars, Obama is spending 23 percent more on defense than Bush did when the United States...
  • Obama misses deadline for report to Congress on planned defense cuts

    09/07/2012 6:15:00 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    He’s been busy with more important stuff. He’ll get to it when he gets to it, even though (a) he signed a bill just last month setting today as the deadline, and (b) the whole idea of a defense sequester came from Democrats as a poison pill for the GOP in last year’s debt-ceiling deal. "One month ago, the PRESIDENT SIGNED the “Sequestration Transparency Act,” a law that IMPOSED UPON HIM a 30 day deadline to outline what Pentagon spending will be cut. That deadline was last night." "White House press secretary Jay Carney today said White House officials would...
  • Obama Tells Troops That $500 Billion in Defense Cuts Are Not His Fault (title truncated)

    09/01/2012 11:39:53 AM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Horrible. In January of this year President Obama announced a new military strategy that will cut the Pentagon budget by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. The new strategy included $487 billion in cuts over the next decade. But yesterday Barack Obama flew all the way to Ft. Bliss Texas to tell US troops that the defense cuts were not his fault. Obama also took a shot at congressional Republicans who have taken to blaming him for military cuts embedded in last year’s deal to raise the debt ceiling. It is Congress, not he, Obama said, that...
  • Romney and Ryan Turn the Tables on Obama

    08/19/2012 10:32:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans. So said a chorus of chortling Democrats. So said a gaggle of anonymous seasoned Republican operatives. All of which was echoed gleefully by mainstream media. The problem, these purveyors of the conventional wisdom all said, was Medicare -- to be more specific, the future changes in Medicare set out in the budget resolutions Ryan fashioned as House Budget Committee chairman and persuaded almost all House and Senate Republicans to vote for. But while Democrats licked their chops at the prospect of scaring old ladies that...
  • US defense firms could push forward with layoff notices

    08/09/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 9, 2012 | Carlo Munoz
    Despite administration warnings that notices related to sequestration were unnecessary, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are continuing their preparations. Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are going forward with plans to issue layoff notices to thousands of employees due to looming defense cuts under sequestration, despite administration claims that such warnings are unnecessary. U.S. defense companies planned to start handing out pink slips in November under federal mandates outlined in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, due to the anticipated $500 billion automatic cut to defense coffers are set to go in place in January. But administration...
  • Wars To End War

    08/08/2012 1:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 8, 2012 | John Stossel
    On his recent trip abroad, Mitt Romney observed an American taboo by not criticizing President Obama's military policy. But before his trip, he made his position clear. Obama has "exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify," Romney said. He meant that unless Congress intervenes, Pentagon spending will be cut by more than $500 billion over 10 years under the (bipartisan) budget sequestration scheduled for January. This terrifies those who fear that limiting the growth of the military-industrial complex will leave us less safe. But is that true? Even if $500 billion is actually cut, America still will...
  • The Dagger at Defense

    03/05/2012 12:01:26 AM PST · by Innovative · 1 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 5, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    It turns out that "budget sequestration," portrayed as an evenhanded way to spur bipartisan negotiations over budget deficits, is actually a dagger aimed at defense spending. So: the sequestration now scheduled for next January means about another $500 billion in military cuts over the decade. These are in addition to the $487 billion in defense reductions already in the BCA and billions of earlier cuts ordered by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who ended some major programs including the F-22 stealth fighter. Nor do these cuts count the automatic reductions occurring from withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even without sequester,...
  • Slashing America's Defense: A Suicidal Trajectory

    01/27/2012 11:28:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Commentary ^ | January 2012 | Max Boot
    The U.S. armed forces have spent the past decade fighting two of the largest counterinsurgency campaigns in their history. In Iraq, they have dramatically reduced the threat from al-Qaeda and Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdist Army, and they are now in the process of doing the same to the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan and Pakistan. --snip-- In all, the defense budget could shrink by 31 percent over the next decade, according to Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. That compares with cuts of 53 percent after the Korean War, 26 percent after the Vietnam War,...
  • Sen. Pat Toomey says Dems torpedoed debt panel to protect Obama

    11/28/2011 9:40:38 AM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Supercommittee member Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) accused Democrats on Monday of torpedoing the deficit supercommittee because a success would have “stepped on” President Obama’s campaign narrative. Speaking Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Toomey said there’s “something to” suggestions that Democrats had an incentive to see the supercommittee fail. “That goes to the asymmetry of the incentives and I think there was something to that,” Toomey said. “The president’s fundamental campaign message was to run against Congress - never mind the fact that half of Congress is controlled by the Democrats, but that’s his purpose, and certainly an agreement in this...
  • Super Committee about to be a super failure?

    11/20/2011 8:18:43 PM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 20, 2011 | JAZZ SHAW
    With the Washington Post reporting – and Senator Jon Kyl confirming – that there’s a general sense of malaise surrounding budget deal negotiations, the end may be in sight. Unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel is looking more and more like it’s the headlight of an oncoming train. The congressional committee tasked with reducing the federal deficit is poised to admit defeat as soon as Monday, and its unfinished business will set up a year-end battle over emergency jobless benefits and an expiring payroll tax holiday. Those provisions are among a host of measures set to lapse...
  • The Next War (Oliver North)

    11/17/2011 3:12:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2011 | Oliver North
    JUPITER, Fla. — Not one of the old "frogmen" or young Navy SEALs who gathered this week at the nearby National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum for the annual Muster wants to see another war. Those who came here are veterans of combat spanning from World War II to the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to numerous other unnamed fights around the world. Within their ranks are men — and their families — who know what it means to go in harm's way, often without any recognition or public acclaim. The widow of a slain SEAL put it this way:...
  • Panetta Warns on Across-the-Board Pentagon Cuts

    08/03/2011 2:36:41 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 3, 2011 | Nathan Hodge
    The day after the passage of the debt-reduction deal, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sent a message to the Pentagon’s rank-and-file–and to Congress. Failure to enact further deficit-reduction measures, he said, might trigger “dangerous, across-the-board” cuts to defense. The first stage of budget cuts under the “Budget Control Act of 2011” calls for $350 billion in cuts to defense spending over 10 years. But if lawmakers fail to find an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit savings, the law calls for a process called “sequestration” that would result in automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion–half of which would fall on the Pentagon budget...
  • Pro-defense lawmakers slam Pentagon cuts in dueling debt plans

    07/30/2011 9:25:45 PM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2011 | John T. Bennett and Mike Lillis
    The House's pro-Defense hard-liners Saturday stepped into the debt-ceiling drama, opposing the Pentagon spending levels proposed in debt plans put out by both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) targeted Reid's debt plan. That plan, which the House rejected Saturday, contains large but vague Defense cuts. Reid's bill would cap annual spending by the Pentagon and other agencies over the next two years at $1.2 trillion, while also assuming $1 trillion in savings as the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts wind down. Reid's plan "would give the president...
  • Harry Reid’s defense cuts: A ‘disastrous impact’

    07/26/2011 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July26,2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained a memo from House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to Republican committee members analyzing the defense cuts in the Reid plan Based on our analysis the [Reid] proposal would result in $868 Billion in defense cuts over 10 years when weighed against the FY11 budget request. Immediately the plan would cut defense in real terms below the FY11-enacted level of $553 billion and hold defense below the FY11-enacted level through FY13. It represents a $16 billion cut to our FY12 levels for next year and a $26 billion cut for the following year. Let me...
  • The Overhyped Defense Cuts

    07/10/2011 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | July 10, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Politicians often rail against government spending, except when it goes to the military. Conservatives believe there is no such thing as too much defense spending, and liberals don't argue, for fear of being labeled appeasers. So when there is talk of the two parties agreeing to cut the Pentagon budget, it sounds like a monumental change. But probably not. It's a good thing that defense, which accounts for roughly a fifth of all federal outlays, is no longer considered immune to the need for frugality. But both supporters and opponents have a stake in portraying any trims as far more...
  • This is not the time to make cuts in the Defense budget

    12/09/2010 9:18:24 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies · 3+ views ^ | DECEMBER 9TH, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Even before the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the five dozen plus wave of new conservatives, who will fill its ranks, is having an affect on our tax structure. Whether the deal to save the Bush tax rates survives an up or down vote in the Lame Duck session or not, we are certainly headed toward a day of reckoning for Congressional taxing and spending. One of the ideas for reducing federal spending is cutting the Defense budget. In August Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced his intension to eliminate Joint Forces Command, a major combat command based in Virginia....
  • Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts

    08/09/2010 8:33:18 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Wapo ^ | 08/10/10 | Rosalind Helderman
    Virginia officials reacted with bipartisan dismay on Monday to Defense Department budget shifts that will cost the state thousands of jobs in coming years and will dramatically impact the economies of the Norfolk area and Northern Virginia. Most of the immediate reaction revolved around Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's proposal to close the U.S. Joint Forces Command. It is a major employer in Hampton Roads, including Norfolk and Virginia Beach, whose elimination could translate into the loss of 6,100 military, civilian and contractor jobs in the region. But a proposal to slash the Pentagon's budget for military contractors over the...
  • Defense Cuts: Guns or Troops?

    06/08/2010 10:18:44 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 11 replies · 33+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 8 June 2010 | Chet Nagle
    “There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” ~ George Washington It is official. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn says we cannot afford guns and butter. So what happens? Do we fund the weapons or the troops who use them? One thing is certain: no one is going to be happy. Last week Lynn confirmed what Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said during a speech at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas: Major cuts are coming. No doubt the library venue was selected...
  • Great power no more?

    05/17/2010 4:07:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 363+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 16, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    It seems Barack Obama has a new presidential role model, at least as far as national de fense is concerned: Dwight Eisenhower. But the Ike that Obama likes isn't the easy-going golfing geezer -- and certainly not the grim Cold Warrior who promised massive nuclear retaliation on the enemy if they started any serious trouble. No, this is the Ike who slashed America's defense budget by more than a quarter after the Korean War, and who, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was willing to "make hard choices" about where American military might should be used, and where it shouldn't....
  • Outrage: Obama Administration Targets Military for Pay Reductions

    05/10/2010 6:33:35 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 99 replies · 2,759+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Sunday, 09 May 2010 11:27 PM | By: Newsmax Wires
    President Barack Obama – who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation – and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached – is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel. This weekend the Washington Post headlined story, "Pentagon Asking Congress to Hold Back on Generous Increases in Troop Pay,”, disclosed that the Obama administration is “pleading” with Congress to give military personnel a much smaller increase in pay than proposed by lawmakers. The Pentagon is arguing...
  • Volcker: Taxes likely to rise eventually to tame deficit

    04/06/2010 6:27:17 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 97 replies · 2,842+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/6/2010 | Steven Johnson
    Volcker: Taxes likely to rise eventually to tame deficit NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States should consider raising taxes to help bring deficits under control and may need to consider a European-style value-added tax, White House adviser Paul Volcker said on Tuesday.
  • [California Congressman] McKeon: F-22 cuts hurt U.S.

    04/10/2009 12:43:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, April 10, 2009. | JAMES RUFUS KOREN
    Cuts to the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program could endanger pilots of other U.S. military jets, U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon said Thursday. Asked about Defense Secretary Robert Gates' recommended cut in the number of F-22s to be built, McKeon said the reductions would kill area jobs and deprive the country of stealthy jets that, in some cases, are the only ones that could accomplish a mission and come back safe. ... The Air Force had requested Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which jointly build the F-22, to produce 60 more of the aircraft but was hoping for a minimum...
  • Cutting Defense While ACORN is Getting Billions ?!?!?

    04/07/2009 7:06:09 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 22 replies · 1,038+ views
    Fox News /Yidwithlid ^ | 4/7/09 | Yidwithlid
    President Obama's cuts in defense spending is just wrong on so many levels. When you are fighting a war on two fronts and facing two rogue regimes intent on building nuclear weapon, his defense cuts are putting all of our lives in danger. This is an affront to common sense. After using the Stimulus and subsequent Omnibus bills to reward his buddies and those of Nanci Pelosi's crew, the President is going to take from the money being used to protect our families. Instead of cutting defense, why not take the money the Democrats are using to reward ACORN. You...
  • No shield if Iran gives up nuclear programme - Obama in Prague

    04/07/2009 7:49:00 AM PDT · by pissant · 18 replies · 596+ views
    Zpravy ^ | 4/7/09 | staff
    Prague - The anti-missile shield project would be unnecessary if Iran gave up its military nuclear programme, U.S. President Barack Obama said in his address in Prague today. "If the Iranian threat is eliminated, we will have a stronger basis for security and the driving force for missile defence construction in Europe will be removed," Obama said. However, he pointed out that Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat not just to the United States but to Iran's neighbours and to U.S. allies. "The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defence...

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  • Powell's No-Brainer

    09/22/2008 5:11:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 160+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2008
    War On Terror: Islamic terrorists have attacked a hotel and a U.S. embassy in the span of two weeks. Russia is invading American allies and sending warships to our hemisphere. What would Obama do? Gut the military.That's right, the Democrat choice for commander in chief wants to not only slash military spending but dismantle our nuclear arsenal — all so he can pay for his massive new welfare programs. Didn't hear that in his acceptance speech in Denver? That's because he knows better than to make such an anti-military plan widely known. But he made the little-noticed pledge just before...
  • Obama's YouTube Defense Talk 'Bizarre,' Analyst Says

    06/04/2008 9:56:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 447+ views
    Cybercast News Service ( ^ | March 4, 2008 | Evan Moore
    ( - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is facing renewed criticism regarding his national security policies as he continues his campaign for his party's presidential nomination. In a YouTube video Obama made for a liberal pacifist organization last year, the senator called for major cuts in defense spending, slowing the development of future combat systems, and cutting investments in America's ballistic missile defense program. Some conservatives have expressed surprise at the degree of Obama's proposals on the video, and this past weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign released an ad criticizing Obama's alleged national security inexperience and trumpeting her as the...
  • Financial crisis rocks Swedish military

    01/13/2008 4:31:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 182+ views
    The Local,Sweden ^ | 12 Jan,2008
    Financial crisis rocks Swedish military Published: 12 Jan 08 10:35 CET Online: Sweden's armed forces are mulling extensive cutbacks as a deepening economic crisis looms in 2008. The cost of running the Armed Forces is expected to exceed the military budget by between 1 and 1.5 billion kronor, Svenska Dagbladet reports. Lietenant General Jan Salestrand confirmed that the military was experiencing considerable financial problems. "I want to underline the fact that we are sticking to our allocation and looking after our finances - but this also means that we have to put measures in place to reduce our ambitions...

    08/22/2005 2:44:21 PM PDT · by WTTed · 15 replies · 921+ views
    NationalSecurityOnline ^ | 8/21/05 | Christopher Holton
    In the mid 1990s, as the Clinton administration began slashing America’s defensive capabilities—cutting not just “fat,” but “bone” as well—Senator John McCain warned that America’s defenses were headed for a “train wreck.” He was right. The list of personnel, weaponry and program cuts during the Clinton years is nothing short of startling:
  • America: Rich or poor?

    01/26/2005 4:27:41 AM PST · by Convert from ECUSA · 6 replies · 365+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2005 | William R. Hawkings
    President Bush set forth a global vision of a world without tyranny in his Inaugural address. Earlier, in her Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice had listed six countries which were "outposts of tyranny." Four of the outposts (Cuba, Burma, North Korea, Iran) have strong ties to China. Yet, it has been widely reported the Pentagon will eliminate, cut back or delay a number of major weapons programs under orders from the Office of Management of Budget to bring down the federal deficit. So the question is: Can the Bush administration muster resources needed to support its ambitious...
  • Lockheed, Northrop Face Big Cuts-Document

    01/04/2005 1:15:36 PM PST · by Drago · 14 replies · 705+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01-03-2005 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) would bear the brunt of proposed cuts in U.S. weapons purchases totaling $30 billion over the next six years, according to the summary from a Pentagon budget document made available to Reuters Monday. Nearly $18 billion would be slashed from programs run by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's biggest supplier, according to a trade publication,, the first to report details of the plan. The cuts were spelled out in a so-called Program Budget Decision signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul...
  • U.S. Plans to Retire Navy Carrier, Buy Fewer Ships

    12/31/2004 6:13:37 PM PST · by nypokerface · 127 replies · 2,477+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/04 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to decommission one of its aircraft carriers more than a decade early and buy fewer amphibious landing ships for Marines and sophisticated new Navy destroyers, officials said Thursday. The proposals are part of an effort to slice $10 billion from the Pentagon budget for the 2006 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, said U.S. officials, who asked not to be named. The Pentagon is aiming for $60 billion in cuts over six years, said defense analyst Loren Thompson, citing Pentagon insiders. The Navy plans to decommission the USS John F. Kennedy, among the...
  • Pentagon Said to Offer Cuts in the Billions

    12/29/2004 9:49:50 PM PST · by 1LongTimeLurker · 53 replies · 1,028+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/30/04 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 - The Pentagon plans to retire one of the Navy's 12 aircraft carriers, buy fewer amphibious landing ships for the Marine Corps and delay the development of a costly Army combat system of high-tech arms as part of $60 billion in proposed cuts over the next six years, Congressional and military officials said Wednesday.
  • Report: Pentagon Plans Cuts to Fighter Jet Program

    12/29/2004 10:27:10 AM PST · by Max Combined · 70 replies · 1,478+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Dec 29, 2004 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Pentagon (news - web sites) is planning sharp cuts in the Air Force's program for its new F/A-22 fighter jet in a move budget analysts said was intended to offset mounting U.S. deficits and the growing costs of the Iraq (news - web sites) war, Wednesday's New York Times reported. The newspaper said the Pentagon's decision, which four administration and Congressional officials described on Tuesday and which Congress must still approve, comes as the Bush administration is pressing all agencies to scale back spending requests for the fiscal year 2006 budget, which will be submitted...

    10/28/2004 6:29:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 34 replies · 2,778+ views
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