Browsing All posts tagged under »Defense Budget Cuts«

House Democrats Are Shortchanging The Military

May 11, 2019 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ House appropriators have now released their budget top lines for every government agency, and their number for the Department of Defense shows they acknowledge the defense budget needs an increase. But that increase still isn’t enough, as it falls short of the president’s budget request and of what the military needs […]

What’s Good (And What’s Horrible) In The Senate Defense Bill

June 4, 2016 by


By Justin Johnson ~ The Senate will soon start debating the annual defense policy bill. This bill is particularly critical now when threats are rising, from state-sponsored cyberattacks to Russian aggression, to terrorism at home and abroad. At the same time, our military is getting smaller and weaker. Unfortunately, the Senate bill is a mix of […]

6 Facts Highlight Why We Need To Rebuild Our Military

May 18, 2016 by


By Justin Johnson ~ The U.S. military seems to be breaking. Senior military leaders have made dire statements before Congress, and story after story is revealing the potentially deadly challenges facing our men and women in uniform. As Congress considers the annual defense authorization bill, here are six clear, real-world examples of why Congress needs […]

US Navy Turns 240 Today. Here’s Why Obama Shouldn’t Reduce Its Capabilities Further.

October 14, 2015 by


By Tyler Hanley ~ On this day in 1775, the U.S. Navy was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Throughout its illustrious history, the U.S. Navy has helped protect American citizens and interests around the world by protecting freedom of navigation, maintaining air superiority, and projecting American power abroad. Navy personnel have admirably […]

8 Important Takeaways From The 2016 Defense Authorization Act

October 1, 2015 by


By Justin Johnson ~ On Thursday the House (with the Senate shortly thereafter) will vote on the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. That’s a long name for the annual defense policy bill passed by Congress for 53 years in a row. While many of the issues addressed by […]

America’s Military Power In A Steep Decline

March 9, 2015 by


By Alan Caruba ~ “Eliminating the terrorists of today with force will not guarantee protection from the terrorists of tomorrow. We have to transform the environments that give birth to these movements…It may be training young people so they can get jobs…it may be working to eliminate corruption and promote the rule of law…” The […]

Why Are We The World’s Policemen?

May 7, 2014 by


By Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman ~ Cutting the defense budget in the foolish notion that we should not be the world’s policemen is biting us already. We saved the world from great horrors three times. We ended World War I, which was otherwise bogged down in the worst military slaughters since the American Civil War. Instead […]

An Ungrateful Congress Screws Its Own Military

January 4, 2014 by


By Gregory D. Lee ~ The budget just passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama is shameful because it reduces the cost of living allowance (COLA) by 1% for military retirees under age 62. In an effort for full disclosure, I am a retired U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant […]

Drastic Defense Cuts Will Undermine Diplomacy

April 15, 2013 by


By Peter Huessy ~ The United States is engaging in a major debate over the appropriate size of the Defense Department. At its heart are two issues. First, should we continue to reduce our military spending by roughly $947 billion over the next decade, as was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011? […]

America’s Antique Air Force

May 19, 2012 by


By Mike Brownfield ~ America’s flying fortress, the Cold War-era B-52 bomber, (pictured at right) has been in service for the last 50 years, running missions in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. It’s a striking example of how America’s military is being forced to do more with less, relying on decades-old […]

Bomber Milestones: Cause for Celebration or Concern?

April 17, 2012 by


By Brian Slattery ~ Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber’s first flight. The last B-52 came off the production line 10 years later. Such milestones are often celebrated nostalgically for their achievements in times past. However, we can’t call them the “good old days” quite yet for the B-52, since […]

Obama Makes Defense the Lowest Budget Priority

March 5, 2012 by


By Rob Bluey ~ President Obama’s budget proposes a sharp increase in entitlement spending and more outlays for domestic programs and interest on the national debt. Defense spending, meanwhile, takes a backseat to Obama’s other priorities. The long-term outlook: Obama would make defense the lowest budget priority among the major categories of spending in the […]

This Budget Guts Defense

February 22, 2012 by


By Peter Brookes ~ Tuesday’s Associated Press report that President Obama is considering large cuts in our strategic arsenal is just the latest of this week’s grim news about the president’s national-defense plans. On nukes, the administration is apparently pondering reductions of up to 80 percent of deployed warheads – a breathtaking slash to our […]

Draconian Defense Cuts Will Reduce Safety

November 5, 2011 by


By James Carafano Ph.D. There are many ways to balance a budget. Most of us, for example, spend 30 percent or more of our income on housing. Skipping mortgage payments is a sure-fire way to make ends meet – until they take your house away. Health insurance can be a real waste, too, if you’re […]

Preserving the Peace: Modernize Now, Save Later

March 6, 2011 by


By Mackenzie Eaglen Supporting America’s armed forces in times of war and peace is a fundamental obligation of government as part of its responsibility to provide for the common defense and protect the nation. A decade of combat operations and two decades of underinvestment have left the U.S. military too small and inadequately equipped to […]

First They Came for the Lasers…

January 28, 2011 by


By Conn Carroll Making his case for cuts in defense spending, The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius wrote yesterday: Trimming the defense budget is one of the hardest tasks in Washington. … Senior Pentagon officials recognize that new technologies make it possible to reshape the budget without putting the country at greater risk. … The new […]

Our Security Can’t Afford These Defense Cuts

December 3, 2010 by


By Kim Holmes Ph.D. President Barack Obama’s Debt Commission includes $100 billion in defense cuts a year by 2015. That represents over one-seventh of the defense budget. Since the military is already straining to meet all its missions now, these cuts would simply force the military to stop doing certain things. This is not just […]

Funding Defense Should Not Be A Political Game

October 21, 2010 by


By James Carafano, PhD Playing politics with national security is reprehensible. But it’s nothing new. In 1794, Congress passed a law authorizing construction of ships that would form the backbone of the first United States Navy. The politics started almost immediately. Saving “a few thousand dollars in expenses will be no object compared with the […]

Eyes Wide Shut

September 12, 2009 by


By Mackenzie Eaglen As the Senate prepares to consider the FY 2010 defense appropriations bill, members of Congress would be wise to listen to Appropriation Committee chairman Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii). In his opening statement at Wednesday’s subcommittee markup hearing, Inouye said, “As we go forward today killing the F-22, the presidential helicopter, the Combat […]

New Government Executive Jets And Cash For Clunkers – Epic Fail X 2

August 15, 2009 by


You just gotta love this new Administration. EPIC FAIL NUMBER 1 I’ve commented on the Democrat Administration’s ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ attitudes on a few occasions, and one thing that makes me ‘mad as hell and I’m not going to take any more‘ is the fiasco over the Executive jets. BACKGROUND. […]

Defense Cutbacks And More Political Comment

July 22, 2009 by


The Patriot Post  –  Wed Chronicle – Vol. 09 No. 29 THE FOUNDATION “How could a readiness for war in time of peace be safely prohibited, unless we could prohibit, in like manner, the preparations and establishments of every hostile nation?” –James Madison EDITORIAL EXEGESIS “President Obama claimed a triumph for spending rectitude [Tuesday] after […]

U.S. Should Build (And Sell) More F-22 Fighters

July 14, 2009 by


By William R. Hawkins Congress, even with a Democrat majority in both houses, may reject a major cut in defense spending proposed by the Obama Administration. In the 2010 defense budget, production of the Air Force F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter was to be halted at the 187 aircraft already funded. The Air Force had […]

USA’s 56-Year Air Superiority At Risk

June 26, 2009 by


By Mackenzie Eaglen If President Obama is intent on listening to military commanders, as he promised during the campaign, why is he now ignoring the military’s own requirement for additional F-22s? Why would the President want to compromise America’s half-century dominance in the air that has led to one powerful result: There has not been […]

Military Procurement Cutbacks For The Air Force

May 1, 2009 by


TonyfromOz prefaces ….. The images shown here are all sized to fit neatly in the post. To see the images in a new and larger screen, click on the image. There may have been some slight confusion the other day when we posted two Posts regarding cutbacks in some USAF aircraft procurement programs, and for […]