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    Public-Private Partnerships Offer Smart Alternative to Sweeping Defense Cuts

    There is little disagreement that looming cuts in the defense budget set to take place in January are ill-advised, though there is intense debate over how to prevent them. However, one way to improve the defense budget without sequestration, downsizing, or raising taxes is to increase partnerships between the military … More

    Even If Transparent, Sequestration Still a Bad Policy

    Yesterday, President Obama signed the Sequestration Transparency Act into law. It requires the Administration to detail how the mandated defense cuts of sequestration will be implemented. More transparency regarding this issue is good for Congress and for the American people, who deserve to know how the commander in chief seeks … More

    Pentagon Official: Sequestration a Step Toward 'Hollow' Military Force

    A senior Defense Department official testifying before the House Armed Services Committee last week said implementing sequestration, across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January, “would represent a major step toward creation of an unready, ‘hollow’ military force.” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Pentagon’s second-in-command, told House members that sequestration … More

    Best Way to Address Sequestration: Overturn It

    Tomorrow, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on implementing the mandated defense cuts known as sequestration. Instead of implementing the cuts, Congress should be doing everything it can to overturn them. The committee has already projected the actual consequences of these across-the-board cuts, and the Secretary of … More

    The Easiest Substitute for Defense Cuts: Obamacare

    In case no one connected the dots, a report this week from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) held the solution to a serious problem plaguing Congress: How to replace the devastating spending cuts scheduled to carve up the Pentagon starting in January. Answer: Repeal Obamacare. If that sounds too simple, … More

    Who's "Playing Politics with Our Military"?

    Despite the disastrous defense cuts that are looming with sequestration, the two main players—President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV)—see the situation as win-win. Sequestration will hit several areas in government, but defense will eat the lion’s share: 47 percent of the cuts come from defense, considerably less … More

    Conservatism vs. Libertarianism: Heritage, Cato Square Off in Debate

    Which is the preferable philosophy, conservatism or libertarianism? Last Wednesday, interns from The Cato Institute (Matthew Cavedon and Jack Solowey) and The Heritage Foundation (Maura Cremin and Keith Neely) participated in the annual intern debate held in Cato’s F.A. Hayek Auditorium to sharpen their understanding of the differences between traditional conservatism and … More

    Mandated Cuts Will Create "National Security Nightmare"

    Constituents at a Great Falls, Montana, town hall meeting understand what many in Congress do not seem to understand: Cuts mandated by budget sequestration will erode the defense industrial base to the point where irreversible damage may be done to military readiness. Recounting a town hall meeting with Congressman Denny … More

    House Acts Preemptively to Preserve Nuclear Force

    The House of Representatives has taken one step toward preventing the deterioration of America’s nuclear forces. It approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 last Thursday that would prohibit the Obama Administration from using the funds provided in the bill to reduce the nuclear forces … More

    Mandated Military Cuts: What Is the President's Real Priority?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “The Coming Defense Crack-Up” lays out a compelling argument against the defense cuts that are going to hit on January 2, 2013, if something is not done soon. The sequestration cuts that are mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) will gut defense … More