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Army leaders have been telling us for years that the post-9/11 wars have been chewing up their armor and other weapons. This week, the service’s top docs made clear the same thing is happening to the troops, although much of it isn’t combat-related.

Some 15% of active-duty troops – that’s one out of seven – is undeployable for …

Panetta Tells Super Committee to “Do the Right Thing”

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta directly challenged the Congressional “Super Committee” to “do the right thing.” In Panetta’s view, the “right thing” is to solve the debt crisis by going after the drivers of America’s bulging debt. That would be the Big 3 …

Accompanied by Apocalyptic Arpeggios, House GOP Warns Against Defense Cuts

Even if you accept the arguments being put forward by the Republican majority on the House Armed Services Committee in this just-released video, can we agree that the ominous music percolating throughout really doesn’t belong in a serious debate on such a fundamental topic? Then again, if its agitprop you’re producing, crank it up.

The Ultimate Half-Full — Or Half-Empty — Glass

Rich Hill is a San Francisco teacher who last week penned a column in the San Francisco Chronicle griping about the annual Blue Angels’ air show over his fair city:

I have strong feelings about the Blue Angels’ annual visit. I do not like it…The Boeing F/A-18 Hornet is a fierce fighter and agile attacker…Are we so distant from

“How Can We Avoid a `Hollow Military’ This Time Around?”

Old-timers recall with dread the so-called “hollow Army” the U.S. had following the Vietnam War, which crystallized in 1980’s failed rescue mission of the U.S. hostages held by Iran. Budget cuts are coming, so how can the U.S. avoid hollowing out its military forces once again? John Nagl, of the Center for a New American …

SEAL Chopper Crash Findings

Sometimes a military investigation sets off fireworks. Sometimes it confirms what we already knew. That’s the bottom line in the Pentagon probe into the downing of that CH-47 helicopter in Afghanistan on August 6 that killed 38 military personnel, including 30 Americans and 17 SEALs:

All Politics Is Local…

Little tales illuminate big issues. Take defense spending and jobs, for example. It always drives me crazy when government bodies do something completely unrelated to their prescribed role. It happened just last week in Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of D.C. where I happen to live. Yet unrelated doesn’t mean there aren’t …

Beyond the Battlefield…

David Wood, a one-time Timester, now covers the military for the Huffington Post. He has just launched an ambitious effort into how the nation is tending to the wars’ worst-wounded. It’s well worth your while to check out the video above, and the opening piece of his series here.

Pork Ranger

As the defense-budget battles heat up – they’ll come to a boil later this week when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta heads to Capitol Hill to say where he thinks the ax should fall – you’ve got to be on the lookout for pyromaniacs in fields of straw men (credit: William F. Buckley via George Will). While a comprehensive review of …

Mutually-Assured Economic Destruction



Confirming our report Friday that China is our next big enemy, the Rand Corp. has just issued a study entitled Conflict with China. It paints a pretty dire picture of U.S. military prospects in China’s ‘hood, and encourages the U.S. to keep developing weapons to keep China at bay. While the study says the prospect of war is …

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