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    How to Cut $42 Billion in Spending in the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution

    Congress is in the midst of debating spending levels in a fiscal year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution. It’s no surprise that the two chambers disagree over how much to spend and funding for the President’s damaging health care law. The Senate proposes to spend $1.058 trillion, dismissing the spending caps … More

    America’s First-Rate Power Status on the Chopping Block

    Last Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert warned that some of the crown jewels of the Navy could be on the chopping block next fiscal year if Congress fails to come to an agreement on how to reprogram sequestration cuts. Without the ability to protect national defense from … More

    Why Finding Waste in the Pentagon Matters

    Can the Pentagon be downsized? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has selected former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to oversee a Pentagon downsizing effort to cut 20 percent of the Office of the Secretary of Defense headquarters staff over the next five years. There are undoubtedly areas of waste in the … More

    Armed Services Struggle Under Cuts: Defense Review Doesn’t Provide Solutions

    The recent Strategic Choices Management Review (SCMR) issued by the Department of Defense makes some alarming predictions about future readiness, such as the possibility of the U.S. Army losing 70,000 to 100,000 active-duty soldiers under sequestration. This indicates a set of 15–20 percent reductions on top of previously projected cuts … More

    Defense Department's Strategic Review Will Leave the Nation Less Safe

    “The entire sequester, hitting defense and non-defense, was bad policy when lawmakers passed it, it was bad policy when they let it begin, and it remains bad policy,” the Washington Post correctly points out in its recent editorial. Sequestration includes a $500 billion cut to the Pentagon’s budget between now … More

    Missile Defense: Independent Working Group Holds Valuable Seminar

    In recent days, the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014. They both include provisions for small increases in funding for the Missile Defense Agency—over the Obama Administration’s request. On June 25, the Independent Working … More

    'Tis the Season: Sequester Furloughs Start

    Yesterday marked the beginning of sequestration’s furlough period. Most of the Department of Defense’s roughly 800,000 civilian workers will go without pay for about one day a week every week until September 30. These furloughs do not address the Pentagon’s long-term fiscal challenge. The furloughs are a result of the … More

    Grounded: Budget Concerns Create “No-Fly Zone” for U.S. Military

    As a result of defense budget instability, the Air Force is trying to figure out how to maintain current operations with fewer resources. It’s not possible, says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, stressing that a failure to modernize aircraft will result in an Air Force that struggles … More

    Ayotte on America’s Tragic Lack of Purpose in the World

    At a time when Washington has almost nothing to say about national defense, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) recently delivered a major address on America’s state in the world. Speaking before an audience at The Heritage Foundation, Ayotte highlighted the importance of promoting a 21st-century agenda of peace through strength. Americans … More

    A Hidden Cost: Failure to Reflect the True Cost of Operations Would Damage Readiness

    Among the amendments cleared for action during House consideration the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2014 is an amendment sponsored by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD). It would reducing the funding level for overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, to the level in … More