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  • 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.

  • Cheney: Obama 'pink slips' to troops have military at 'crisis point'

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that President Obama has slashed the military so deeply that troop levels will be below where they were on the 9/11 attacks, a gutting that is also begging foes to exploit the Pentagon's vulnerabilities.

  • Lots of gold at Fort Knox but not much energy savings

    Army officials at Fort Knox, Ky., improperly awarded 108 green energy jobs valued at more than $270 million and are unable to document claimed savings for the projects.

  • Don't expect quick action from Congress on defense spending

    What's more likely is lawmakers passing a continuing resolution that would keep spending at current levels through mid-December -- after the November elections for a new Congress.

  • West Point Navistar to upgrade MRAP vehicles

    WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — The Navistar Defense plant at West Point, Mississippi, will upgrade the Army's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles as part of a $38.4 million contract. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says in a news release Thursday that Navistar will make repairs that will result...

  • Laying off troops close to retirement isn't keeping faith

    Recently laid-off Army officers are not bad apples, rather they are the victims of rudderless policy and feckless prioritization in the White House and Congress.



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