Browsing All posts tagged under »Obama Defense Cutbacks«

Will the Next Generation of Fighters Fly?

September 17, 2011 by

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By Michaela Bendikova and Erin Van de Voorde When it comes to the Pentagon’s acquisition process, the devil is in the details. Some details, however, can have deadly consequences for men and women in uniform. Loren Thompson offers a sobering analysis of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s (JSF) costs over its 50-year operational lifetime and […]

Amphibious Forces Needed Around the Globe

August 16, 2011 by

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By James Carafano Ph.D. Forget “One if by land; two if by sea.” An Amphibious Ready Group can come at America’s enemies by land or sea—and in numbers much greater than ones and twos. These Navy–Marine task forces are deployed around the world to do everything from humanitarian assistance and refugee evacuation to combat operations. […]

Defense-Less

August 14, 2011 by

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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 […]

Our Military’s Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

July 21, 2011 by

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By Mike Brownfield This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over […]

First They Came for the Lasers…

January 28, 2011 by

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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

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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 […]

Eyes Wide Shut

September 12, 2009 by

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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 […]

Carbon Footprints For Me, But Not For Thee

August 8, 2009 by

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By Conn Carroll TonyfromOz prefaces ….. Compare this story with this earlier post and also this one on the cutback to the USAF for the Air Superiority F22 Raptor fighter. Then also look at this post, and also wonder how new private executive jets, including Gulfstream G 550’s, a recent and newer variant of the […]

Military Procurement Cutbacks For The Air Force

May 1, 2009 by

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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 […]

Risky Cuts

May 1, 2009 by

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Matt McCluskey. In the past year, Russia’s defense spending has risen 34 percent. China’s defense spending has risen 15 percent. Within the past four months, Iran and North Korea have tested missiles that could someday carry warheads to Europe or the United States. With such conventional and asymmetric military capabilities rising around the world, what […]

More On Disarming The U.S. Military

April 29, 2009 by

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Part of the Obama Defense cutbacks includes the closing of the F 22 Raptor program. Now you may think that cutting back on really expensive programs like this may not mean much in the overall scheme of things, but consider this. A lot has been said about the F 22 Raptor, and most of it […]

Obama Quietly Disarms America’s Military

April 29, 2009 by

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By Pat at DBKP. First new navy ships, then the F-22. Now another program dies. The Air Force was in the process of finally upgrading its long-range heavy bomber, the B-52 with a new platform. Dubbed the New Generation Bomber (NGB), the aircraft was to be a subsonic and stealthy, incorporating many features developed for […]