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2022 Budget: Early Signs Defense Is Not A Biden Administration Priority

June 19, 2021 by


By Frederico Bartels and Kaitlyn Romaine ~ When the Office of Management and Budget released its 2022 budget request, President Joe Biden stated, “Where we choose to invest speaks to what we value as a Nation.” On that basis, the Biden administration does not value United States armed forces. Biden’s budget reflects more interest in […]

Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act Has Right Focus

June 17, 2020 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ The Senate Armed Services Committee last week passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021. The bill passed by a wide bipartisan margin of 25-2. From the summary we have, it appears the bill focuses, appropriately, on great power competition. The most recent National Defense Strategy […]

The Earliest Signing Of The NDAA In 40 Years Is A Giant Step In Rebuilding The Military

August 15, 2018 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ With President Donald Trump’s signature Monday at Fort Drum, New York, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019 will be the earliest a defense authorization bill has become law since 1978. Forty years ago, the bill was 16 pages long and was called the “Department of Defense […]

Failure To Adequately Fund Our Military Puts America At Risk

October 5, 2017 by


By Dakota Wood ~ Arguably the federal government’s first obligation to Americans is to keep us safe from foreign attack and to defend our vital national interests wherever they are threatened. Alarmingly, our government is on the verge of failing in this core responsibility. Our military is minimally ready, rapidly aging, and has so shrunk […]

Weighing Aspirations, Trump Argues For Increased Defense Spending

March 30, 2017 by


By Herbert London ~ The post-Cold War ‘military industrial complex’ isn’t applicable to today’s terrorist enemies During President Trump’s recent address to Congress, he said we must add $54 billion of spending to the defense budget in order to bolster the nation’s defense capabilities. Considering the $1 trillion in defense sequestration during the Obama years, […]

Obama’s Absurd Double Standard On Defense Spending

September 17, 2016 by


By Justin Johnson ~ This week we learned that the Obama administration has requested $2.6 billion in emergency funding for Louisiana flood relief. While the specifics of the Louisiana flood relief request should be thoughtfully considered, the very nature of this request highlights the Obama administration’s absurd double standard on budget issues. Back in July, […]

Obama Mulls Increased Involvement Against Islamic State + More – Daily Digest

October 27, 2015 by


The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 TOP RIGHT HOOKS Obama Mulls Increased Involvement Against […]

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 […]

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? […]

U.S. Navy Laser Test A Success

April 13, 2013 by


By Brian Slattery ~ The U.S. Navy shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle on Monday in a test of its Laser Weapon System (LAWS). This test was a positive step not only for combating air and missile threats but also for cost-effective weapons systems. The laser, onboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf, uses […]

Chart of the Week: Cutting All Defense Spending Would Not Solve Debt Crisis

October 10, 2011 by


By Rob Bluey House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) is a man on a mission. He’s making the rounds on Capitol Hill to convince his colleagues, particularly those on the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, that they should avoid cutting defense spending. McKeon has a point — and it’s one that is […]

Air Obama Won’t Fly

July 9, 2011 by


By James Carafano,PhD It took a Twitter town hall to learn how the President really thinks about defense. Not only does Obama want to gut defense as part of his debt deal (a proposal that simply won’t work)—on top of that, he wants to use the Pentagon budget as his personal ATM to fund more […]

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 […]

Save Our All-volunteer Military

December 22, 2010 by


By James Carafano, Ph.D. Saving the all-volunteer military requires modernizing its equipment and mission. Inflation and recession at home. Humiliation abroad. In the wake of the Vietnam War, America was foundering. Yet, the seeds of a national resurgence had already been planted by a most unlikely pair: Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and Melvin R. […]

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 […]

Don’t Look at Pentagon Budget to Cut Back on Federal Spending

November 25, 2010 by


By James Carafano, PhD Hope is not a strategy. Last month’s elections made that clear. Through the year, polls consistently revealed the unpopularity of Obamacare, deep concern about excessive spending, and misgivings about how the things are going in Iran and Afghanistan. Yet all the way up to the elections, progressives hoped that Americans would […]

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 […]

Defense Spending, Health Care, And More Political Comment

February 3, 2010 by


The Patriot Post Chronicle The Foundation “The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” –Alexander Hamilton Editorial Exegesis “Last week the Russian air force celebrated the maiden flight of the Sukhoi T-50, Moscow’s version of the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. We have shut down the […]

Pelosi Milked The Treasury For Over $2.1 Million Through Her Use Of Military Planes

January 29, 2010 by


By Sammy Benoit Here’s a way to save a little of the Taxpayer money, let members of Congress travel via consumer airlines … coach. Earlier this week CBS broke the story that the congressional junket (21 people) to the UN Climate change conference in Copenhagen milked the federal treasury of over 1.1 million dollars, including: […]

Troops Shafted Again As Military Funds Are Diverted For Pet Congressional Projects

October 16, 2009 by


By Pam Meister at Family Security Matters Just when it seemed that things in Washington couldn’t get any crazier, we hear that the despicable earmarking process has sunk to a new low. How many times have you heard that liberals may disagree with the mission, but they always care about the troops? Remember that when […]

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 […]

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, House Defense Bill Revised To Help NANCY PELOSI

August 2, 2009 by


By Sammy Benoit at ‘The Lid‘ Maybe Nancy Pelosi is just sick and tired of John Murtha getting all of the “bennies” from the defense budget. Not anymore, the defense policy bill has a provision that Pelosi has been pushing for a long time. It would speed up the transfer of military bases to private […]