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    Why It's Insane To Shrink Our Military As Much As Hagel Wants To

    Finally, a defense secretary who would roll up his sleeves and start getting bloated Pentagon spending under control. His name was Robert McNamara, and he and his “whiz kids” had plenty to fix. Each armed service had a different butcher’s smock because they couldn’t agree on the requirements for an … More

    Obama's Military Muddle

    Randy Forbes is a lonely man. President Obama’s stewardship of American armed forces has been a dismal failure, yet few on Capitol Hill have waved red flags over it. Forbes, however, has been waving them furiously. The Republican congressman from Virginia recently penned a pointed letter to Defense Secretary Chuck … More

    5 Ways Congress Can Help the Military Keep America Safe

    Washington’s annual appropriations circus will start soon, and there’s lots  of work to be done — especially in the realm of defense. Two rounds of automatic cuts arising from budget sequestration, compounded by earlier cuts requested by President Obama, have taken a toll at the Pentagon. Army Chief of Staff … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … 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

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … More

    Obama's Disastrous Stewardship of America's Armed Forces

    Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan didn’t have enough … 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