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House Committee Shows Strong Bipartisanship In Approving National Defense Authorization Act

July 9, 2020 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ The House Armed Services Committee last week unanimously approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, with all 56 members who were present voting in favor of the legislation. The July 1 action was an important bipartisan show of support that eluded the House of Representatives last year, when the […]

New Report Confirms Our Military’s Strength Has Eroded

November 15, 2018 by


By James Di Pane ~ Americans often assume their military is the strongest in the world, capable of handling any threats that come its way. But a new report by the National Defense Strategy Commission challenges that idea. It points out how significantly the U.S. military has deteriorated, placing the U.S. in an increasingly precarious […]

Post Election, Rebuilding The US Military Just Became That Much Harder

November 11, 2018 by


By Thomas Spoehr ~ With Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives, the path to rebuilding America’s military just became more challenging. For the past two years, Pentagon officials have laid out in stark detail how the military had deteriorated over the past decade, owing to underfunding and overuse in two protracted conflicts. Shortly […]

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, […]

Is President Trump Being ‘Unfair’ To Our NATO Allies By Asking Them To Pay More For Their National Defense?

February 25, 2017 by


By Frank Hill ~ Much is being made of President Trump’s public comments about asking our NATO allies to shoulder more of the collective NATO cost burden. This is not a new thing. Republicans as far back as the 1980’s were regularly talking about ‘defense burden-sharing’ as one way to start getting out from the […]

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, […]

9 Insights On The F-35A From 31 Experienced Fighter Pilots

August 6, 2016 by


By John Venable ~ Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots […]

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 […]

Salon Writer: ‘National Security’ Means Less Money For Military, More For Education And Health Care

May 26, 2015 by


By Tom Johnson ~ In the early 1990s, politicians floated the term “peace dividend” regarding a hoped-for post-Cold War reduction in the U.S. defense budget, and Pentagon spending indeed fell somewhat in the mid- and late ‘90s. Sean McElwee, a research associate at the lefty think tank Demos, argues that America now needs a post-9/11, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chart of the Week: Defense Spending Throughout U.S. History

January 9, 2012 by


By Rob Bluey President Obama visited the Pentagon on Thursday to outline his plan for gutting our nation’s military. Obama’s vision makes America more vulnerable to foreign threats and leaves our armed forces less able to provide for the common defense. As we’ve previously illustrated, Obama has proposed significant reductions to the Pentagon’s budget. This […]

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 […]


August 14, 2011 by


By Alan Caruba As bad as the present financial crisis is, how much worse would it be if the enemies of the United States of America, emboldened by a smaller Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, decided that they could engage in military aggression against their neighbors with impunity? Or worse. With time out […]

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 […]

Pay Freedom Forward, Properly Arm Our Armed Forces

May 29, 2011 by


By Mike Brownfield As Americans begin the Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have given their lives to defend the freedoms and way of life that we enjoy. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano writes in The Sacramento Bee that as we honor them, we must also “do our utmost not to add to their […]

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. […]

U.S. Must Gird for War in Very Small Places

December 17, 2010 by


By James Carafano, Ph.D. It was the 1950s, and the Air Force had a problem. The brass were responsible for building a new fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles. But state-of-the-art electronics just didn’t cut it. Even the most advanced circuits were too heavy, too big, and not nearly dependable enough. The brass needed something that […]

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 […]