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    News Flash for the Pentagon: U.S.–Russian "Reset" Failed

    On Wednesday, Under Secretary of Defense Jim Miller argued that the Obama Administration’s “reset” policy with Russia had succeeded. According to Miller, rapproachment with Russia has enabled the U.S. to diversify supply routes into Afghanistan and implement tough sanctions against Iran. Miller’s claim does not pass the reality test on … More

    Solyndra-Linked Executive to Lead Pentagon's Advanced Tech Agency

    A venture capital executive with ties to defunct solar company Solyndra has been hired as the new chief of the Defense Department program heading up the Pentagon’s renewable energy push. Arati Prabhakar, a former partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that backed Solyndra, has been … More

    Debt Ceiling Law Stacks the Deck against Defenders of Defense

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta asserted during a press conference on September 20 that the recently enacted debt ceiling law requires $450 billion in savings from the Department of Defense (DOD) budget over the next 10 years. While this is a widely accepted assertion, it is not accurate. The debt … More

    Secretaries of State, Defense Acknowledge Entitlement Spending Crisis

    During a joint press event today in Washington, the Secretaries of Defense and State agreed that politicians must tackle the elephant in the room to reduce America’s crushing debt: mandatory spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which account for more than 60 percent of the entire federal budget. As … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 1, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. It Won’t Be Pretty, as the Post-Gates Era Begins at the Defense Department – Jim Carafano Coolidge only president born on the Fourth of July – Julia Shaw U.N. Budget Cuts: … More

    Where Would Leon Panetta Lead America’s Military?

    With Defense Secretary Robert Gates making his final rounds and Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta headed to his Senate hearing tomorrow, the obvious question is how Panetta will face the defense issues at hand. The Defense Department is rife with challenges, including rampant defense spending cuts in the name … More

    An Incomplete Strategic Review

    Among the slew of strategy documents from the Obama administration this spring, full of academic analysis and verbal flourishes, Congress has rightly detected a certain lack of substance. Case in point: The question of whether the U.S. government needs a Center for Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy. According to the … More