Browsing All posts tagged under »Obama Defense Cutbacks«

House Republicans Go Strong On National Security

June 11, 2016 by

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By Justin Johnson ~ The United States is under growing threats, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his team deserve credit for recognizing that threat and outlining a plan for making America safer, stronger, and more prosperous. During the last seven years under President Barack Obama, the United States has grown less safe. Threats […]

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

June 4, 2016 by

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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 […]

When You Can’t Fix Stupid

October 29, 2015 by

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By Colonel Kenneth Allard (U.S. Army, Ret) ~ Proving he has learned nothing, our chief executive last week vetoed the new Defense Authorization Act. That enactment pays the salaries of our troops and buys the bullets, beans and black oil they use to fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Unschooled and unskilled in defense matters, President […]

Obama’s Dangerous Drive To Make US Combat Troops Co-Ed

September 24, 2015 by

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By Betsy McCaughey, PhD ~ President Obama is already weakening our military by shedding troops, weapons and ships. But even these cuts aren’t as dangerous as his misguided crusade for a gender-blind military. “Valor has no gender,” Obama naively announced. True, but strength, speed and sharpshooting accuracy are gender-specific. A new 9-month, $36 million study […]

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

May 26, 2015 by

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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, […]

America’s Military Power In A Steep Decline

March 9, 2015 by

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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 […]

Decapitating The U.S. Military

August 28, 2014 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ Many Americans were shocked by the Islamic State video of the beheading of the photo journalist James Foley. Perhaps they had already forgotten the decapitation of Wall Street Journal journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002. Most certainly, the memory of the murder of nearly 3,000 on September 11, 2001 with the destruction […]

The Difference Between The Real World and Obama’s

June 2, 2014 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ I keep wondering what it must have been like to be a young student at West Point listening to their Commander in Chief’s platitudes and ignorance wash over them. West Point is where our nation’s future leaders in war receive an education in how to protect the nation by crushing our […]

Obama’s Disastrous Stewardship Of America’s Armed Forces

November 6, 2013 by

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By James Carafano Ph.D.~ Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan didn’t have enough men […]

Russia Sails New Nuclear Submarine While U.S. Continues Fleet Delays

January 10, 2013 by

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By Brian Slattery ~ Last week, after long delays, Russia made operational a new ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), or nuclear submarine, for the first time in over 20 years. This marks a significant step forward for the Russian Navy, which has pledged tens of billions of dollars to revitalize its fleet in the near future. […]

Destroying Our Military from Within

August 26, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.” —  Ronald Reagan If you want to know how President Obama feels about the U.S. military, consider that in all the years since D-Day 1945 there have been three occasions when a President failed to go to […]

Dutch Parliament Votes to Ditch the Joint Strike Fighter

July 14, 2012 by

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By Luke Coffey ~ The bad news: This week the Dutch parliament voted to scrap Dutch participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The good news: Since the Dutch government dissolved back in April, and there will be a general election later in the year, the vote is non-binding. Nevertheless, this should serve […]

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Because It Won’t RAISE Health Care Costs on Military; Will Media Report?

June 30, 2012 by

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By Ken Shepherd ~ The day after Barack Obama won a major victory for his signature health care overhaul legislation — which he and his allies insist will ultimately LOWER health care costs for Americans — the president is threatening to veto a defense authorization bill in part because Congress is not acting to RAISE […]

On Its 237th Birthday, U.S. Army Contemplates Its Future

June 15, 2012 by

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By Steven Bucci ~ The U.S. Army is the nation’s oldest military service. It was founded in 1775 by the Continental Congress with an allocation of $2 million. The tradition remains sound, but the costs have certainly gone up. Around the world, in environments both calm and hostile, the soldiers, sergeants, and officers of the […]

F-35: Slowing Down Production Makes No Sense

May 23, 2012 by

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By Steven Bucci ~ The transparency of some anti-defense ploys boggles the imagination. The most recent one has to do with the production rates of the new F-35 multi-role fighter. This aircraft will replace several of the worn-out fighters of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps that are sometimes older than the pilots who […]

Obama Weakens the Military

January 15, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” If you want peace, plan for war. The adage is attributed to the 4th or 5th century Latin author Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus’s tract De Re Militari book 3. This fundamental wisdom is being ignored by President Obama, one of two recent Commanders-in-Chief who never spent a […]

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

January 9, 2012 by

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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 […]

Turkey Gets It, Acquires F-35s. Obama Administration Doesn’t.

January 8, 2012 by

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By Morgan Roach The Turkish government understands what the Obama Administration does not: Acquiring the American-made F-35 fighter jet is the most effective way to claim supremacy of the skies. Yesterday, Turkey’s Defense Industry Implementation Committee announced the purchase of two Lockheed Martin F-35s. Turkey had put its F-35 order on hold in March over […]

America Safer Under Obama? Not a Chance.

January 7, 2012 by

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By Mike Brownfield Yesterday at the Pentagon, President Obama offered up his revisionist view of the past three years of history in order to make the claim that the world is, thanks to him, a safer place, thereby justifying draconian cuts to the U.S. military. The trouble is, the vision he offers is full of […]

New U.S.–Australia Military Arrangement Must Be Backed by Real Commitment

November 18, 2011 by

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By Bruce Klingner On November 16, President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced their intention to increase U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force training in Australia. The expanded U.S. military presence is meant to enhance allied interoperability and reassure friends and allies in the region worried over an increasingly assertive China. The […]

Super Committee Suicide

November 18, 2011 by

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By Alan Caruba By the weekend, news reports indicated that the congressional Super Committee was closing in on an agreement. The deficit-cutting panel is mandated to trim at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next ten years and, failing an agreement, automatic cuts would begin in 2013, after the national elections. In days, […]

Devastating Defense Cuts Loom, Panetta Warns

November 16, 2011 by

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By Mike Brownfield What happens if the “super committee” fails to meet its target of $1.5 trillion in budget savings by Thanksgiving and sequestration is triggered? It would spell doomsday for the military, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns. In letters sent to Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Panetta said that under the worst-case scenario, […]

Draconian Defense Cuts Will Reduce Safety

November 5, 2011 by

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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 […]

Disarming America’s Military

September 29, 2011 by

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By Alan Caruba In the preamble of the Constitution, the founding fathers made clear their priorities and among them was “provide for the common defense” to “secure the blessings of liberty.” Ramping up an army and navy was an early priority of the nation’s first presidents because, then as now, the United States had real […]