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Heritage Offers 3 Scenarios To Save Defense: One Is A Miracle

Posted by James Jay Carafano on


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently broke with a decades-long tradition in the Congress. And almost no one noticed. Congress traditionally has been sensitive to its Constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. Despite disagreements and rancor on numerous issues, Congress usually cranks out defense appropriations and authorization bills each year. “Those days are… Keep reading →

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Hey, Congress: Time To Get Real About National Security

Posted by Marion Blakey on


When members of Congress return from their August recess, their plates will be very full. Our legislators need to fund the government for the next fiscal year, which starts October first. Although it may seem like a simple task to keep the government operating, a potential partisan collision over raising the debt ceiling once again… Keep reading →

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Big Topics For Quiet August: Give Us Your Ideas!

Posted by Colin Clark on


Dear Reader, with Congress close to irrelevant (and out of town anyway), the Defense Department bracing for the coming end of the world (slight exaggeration) and so many of DC’s denizens out of town and recharging for the September onslaught, this August probably will be particularly quiet. So we are experimenting with that terribly au… Keep reading →

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Syria, Sequester, & Mists Of Unreality At Senate Appropriations Mark-Up

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Syria and sequestration dominated today’s Senate Appropriations Committee’s mark-up of the $594 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2014, but there was little actual progress on either. Appropriators are historically the most hard-nosed legislators; they’re the committees that have to match congressional rhetoric with actual money. But today, the appropriators approved a… Keep reading →

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Hagel Outlines Bold, Painful Cuts to Army, Carriers, Pay, Benefits To Cope With Sequester

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: In a grim presentation before the press corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined deep cuts to the Army, Air Force and Navy he may have to make to cope with the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Reaction was swift on Capitol HIll and the think tanks that inform so much of what senior… Keep reading →

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Sen. Mikulski Blames House For ‘New Normal’ Sequester Deadlock

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


One of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate blamed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for Washington’s inability to fix the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. “They assume sequester is the new normal,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chair of the almost all-powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, sitting in on a meeting of SAC’s defense subcommittee… Keep reading →

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Fewer Ships At Sea, Fewer Missions, Less Training: CNO’s Sequestration Damage List

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: The Navy has 10 fewer ships worldwide compared to just a few months ago. It has no warships at all off South America to help combat the drug trade. And training cutbacks will force many units to specialize in a sub-set of their assigned missions instead of getting ready for the full range of… Keep reading →

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The Gump Guide to Sequestration: ‘Dumbest Fiscal Management Policy Ever’

Posted by Colin Clark on


The House of Representatives will vote on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act later this week. Sequestration will be the giant hiding behind the door as the House Armed Services Committee has marked its bill to the Obama budget request, which means that the effects of sequestration are ignored by the bill (as they are… Keep reading →

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Congress, SecDef MUST Lead Pentagon From The Vale Of Seven Sins: CNAS

Posted by Colin Clark on


  WASHINGTON: Some of Chuck Hagel’s best friends in the defense world offered him a compelling report on how to save almost as much as the $500 billion that the Budget Control Act will force him and his successors to cut over the next decade. The wonderful title of the report, “The Seven Deadly Sins… Keep reading →

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F-35: Sequester May Cost Air Force 5 More F-35As; Air Guard, Modernization At Risk

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON:  “I don’t have the exact number yet,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Bolton said Tuesday, but to pay the bill for sequestration, the service might have to cut its fiscal 2013 procurements by “two, three, four, maybe even five F-35s.” “That money’s just gone,” sighed Bolton, the service’s outgoing deputy assistant secretary for budget,… Keep reading →

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