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  • Cost of war against Islamic State nears $1 billion

    A study estimates that between $780 million and $930 million has been spent since June on the campaign.

  • Gap widens between defense funding and military mission

    The Pentagon calls it "risk," but it's really Washington's most hotly debated unfunded mandate: the growing gap between the military's budget and what it is being asked to do.

  • Pentagon spending $10 million a day fighting ISIS: Hagel

    Pentagon officials had previously estimated the cost at $7.5 million a day, but that was before the campaign was extended to Syria on Monday.

  • Not testing new combat ships cost Navy an extra $200 million: GAO

    It's GAO's latest criticism of the troubled program, which has been plagued by performance problems since it began 10 years ago.

  • GAO questions if the Pentagon can afford the F-35

    An ambitious effort to equip the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy with a single combat aircraft, originally billed as a way to be more efficient, will cost $8.8 billion a year to more to operate than the aging planes it will replace, the Government Accountability Office says.

  • Obama relies on wishful thinking to avoid debt troubles

    Given the realities of the global environment, it is a far safer bet to assume that the U.S. will be required to spend something closer to the post-war average on national security than the historically low amounts built into Obama administration budget plans.

  • Top brass weighs on Pentagon

    The U.S. military is more top-heavy than it ever has been, after decades of adding generals and admirals while the enlisted ranks shrank and budget cuts forced many lower-ranking officers out of the service.

  • Republicans must act with urgency if party captures Senate

    In an otherwise solid address at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, disappointed on two key fronts.

  • DOD can't track its vast real estate holdings

    Department of Defense officials operate an estimated 500,000 properties around the world that are worth in excess of $828 billion.

  • Hagel: $1 billion for Ebola fight won't hurt military readiness

    The Pentagon has asked Congress to shift $1 billion from the Army's budget to pay for President Obama's dispatch of 3,000 troops to west Africa to help limit the spread of the Ebola virus.

  • Lawmakers hope to fast track defense policy bill after elections

    "We're laying the groundwork to hit the ground running" after the elections, said Sen. James Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

  • Rubio: Obama weakened military, 'stomped the brake' on U.S. strength

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a leading 2016 GOP presidential contender, on Wednesday ripped President Obama's military spending and troop cuts, charging that he has "failed the first test of leadership as commander-in-chief."

  • NATO commander: Budget cuts hurt military's efforts to counter Russia

    Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said he has asked for a review of budget cuts that have led to the decline of forces based on the continent in response to recent Russian aggression against Ukraine and threats to other nations.

  • DOD unit ignored audit, overpaid millions

    Missile Defense Agency officials overpaid for a contract by millions of dollars because they ignored the findings of the Pentagon office charged with overseeing such negotiations.

  • Push against Islamic State blurs spending message

    In going after the Islamic State, the president has abandoned talk of limiting such investments in favor of asking lawmakers for what critics call a blank check to fight counterterrorism battles.



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