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    A Path to Balance in Five Steps: What to Look for in the Ryan Budget

    The House Budget Committee will deliver its budget resolution—which would eliminate the deficit within 10 years—ahead of Congress’s statutory deadline of April 15. The Senate, on the other hand, has already announced that it would not bother producing a budget this year, relying instead on the Ryan–Murray budget deal struck … More

    Forbes Leads Bipartisan Efforts to Defend Carrier Fleet

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reportedly considering reducing the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet—at a time when the Navy is already struggling to meet its current obligations. In response to these reports, Representative J. Randy Forbes (R–VA) released a bipartisan letter to Secretary Hagel on the importance of an 11-carrier … More

    Spending Caps Have Worked, but Ryan-Murray Budget Would Lift Them

    In terms of cutting government spending, the Budget Control Act’s spending caps and sequestration have been an unparalleled success story in recent years. And yet, the House of Representatives voted last Thursday to weaken the caps in 2014 and 2015 for a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget. Sequestration … More

    Readiness Cuts Mean No Jumps for Some Paratroopers

    Facing deep cuts to defense spending, the U.S. Army must keep some of its most elite paratroopers on the ground. This marks an entry on a growing list of readiness concerns the U.S. military is dealing with. The Obama Administration ordered these cuts in its 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, a … More

    Defense Over-Regulations Costing More Than Just Dollars

    Over the past 50 years, Congress has had a propensity to impose restrictions on the Department of Defense acquisition process in ways that centralize authority. House Armed Service Committee vice chairman Mac Thornberry (R–TX) is trying to change all that by spearheading new efforts to reform the byzantine process. But … More

    Army Chief Raises Serious Readiness Concerns

    As the U.S. Army prepares for future contingencies around the world, it continues to find its readiness at the mercy of “time and money,” Army chief of staff General Ray Odierno said last week at an AUSA conference. Budgetary pressures have forced the Army and the other armed services to … More

    For Marines, Forces Shrink as Responsibilities Grow

    The President recently directed Marines to be stationed at diplomatic locations in volatile regions of the world, as part of a response to the Benghazi attack last year. Meanwhile, Marines are also deploying across the world for myriad security concerns—even as they contemplate a significantly reduced force due to defense … More

    Military Facing a “Readiness Crisis”

    The U.S. military is about to face its “greatest readiness crisis” since the Vietnam War due to defense cuts, according to a recent opinion piece written by several House Armed Services Committee members. Representatives J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), Rob Wittman (R–VA), and Scott Rigell (R–VA) penned the article after a … 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