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The Defense Budget Non-Debate

Last week, as he issued his political budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tried to pull the “Generals are not telling us the honest truth” rabbit out of the hat. The Wisconsin Republican was suggesting that either the military leadership was lying — in saying they could live with $487 billion less over the next 10 …

Apparently, the F-35 Isn’t Everyone’s Cup of Airpower

…including Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., who terms the tri-service, $400 billion fighter program “the biggest example of corporate welfare in history” (although, as a member of the House’s education and natural-resources committees, he’s not going to be able to do much about it…but he does have a doctorate in physics from NYU, …

War Talk Is Cheap

Two of the most virulently anti-U.S. regimes in the world – Iran and Syria – are painting bulls-eyes on their backs by their deeds. But the Obama Administration is seeking non-military solutions in both cases. It’s driving …

Testifying Before Congress: Laughing Through the Pain

Testifying before Congress repeatedly on the defense budget is tough work. “I’ve been in hearings for the last three days — shit, I think I should get some kind of award going through that crap,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told airmen in Louisiana on Friday. “I mean, I told General [Marty] Dempsey [chairman of the Joint Chiefs, …

Nuclear New Math




Reports that the Pentagon is weighing a range of cuts to the nation’s nuclear arsenal – perhaps going as low as 300 deployed strategic weapons, down from the current 1,550 – has nuclear-triggered concern on Capitol Hill. “I have to suggest to you,” Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on …

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