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    Chiefs of Staff Highlight Military Readiness Concerns Caused by Budget Cuts

    Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno claimed on January 24 that if there is not a legislative solution to the long-standing budget impasse soon, “we will create a hollow force,” drastically hampering military readiness even further. Chief Naval Officer Admiral Jonathan Greenert finally recognized on Friday that if sequestration … More

    Algeria Hostage Crisis: Why U.S. Bases in Europe Are Vital

    Yesterday, Islamist militants seized a foreign-owned gas field in Algeria and took dozens of Western hostages, including several Americans. This attack was allegedly in response to Algeria allowing French warplanes to transit Algerian airspace to strike militants in neighboring Mali. Even though U.S. citizens are being held at gunpoint in … More

    Military Readiness at a Tipping Point

    “The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point.” That’s how General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee while discussing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) budget woes. He cites “budget conditions unfolding right now” as the … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    VIDEO: Military Veterans Explain How Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Troops

    Leaving aside the chatter about horses and bayonets, the final presidential debate offered President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney an opportunity to address critical issues facing America’s military. Budget cuts pose a serious threat to military readiness — aging aircraft, a shrinking Navy, and an Army that’s going to … More

    VIDEO: Navy Faces Readiness Crisis as More Ships Unprepared for Combat

    The year was 1979. America’s military had emerged from the Vietnam War earlier in the decade and was now facing sizable and significant budget cuts. Capt. Tom Shanahan, commanding officer of the USS Canisteo, had just returned from the Mediterranean Sea and was now leading an overhaul of his fleet … More

    The Trial of Alleged Wikileaks Informant Bradley Manning

    Bradley Manning, the Army private who allegedly leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, starts his trial process today with an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland. Under military law, this is essentially the equivalent of a preliminary hearing in the civilian justice system. Based on the hearing, the investigating … More

    Stop Relying on Russian Aircraft

    The United States is increasingly relying on the Russian Federation for supplying U.S. forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is because the U.S. does not have enough C-17 military transport aircraft to address all of its logistical needs and meet its commitments around the world. Freedom is not free, … More

    Nobody Asked Me, But ... Provide Smooth Sailing for the U.S. Navy

    America’s Navy sails alone. It’s impossible to compare the U.S. Fleet to the rest of the world’s navies, because the United States has a singular role and mission. We need a better navy than anyone else. No post-World War II President has backed away from the nation’s expansive leadership role. … More