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Mattis Vs. Mulvaney: The Coming Budget Clash & The Reagan Legacy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


We have been here before. In 1982 Caspar Weinberger and David Stockman had a similar showdown referred by President Reagan. DOD won that time. What does that have to tell us about the impending Mulvaney–Mattis showdown? And if OMB wins this time, would Mattis stay on?

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With Trump, Congress Can Kill Sequester: Thornberry

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Can Congress finally break the logjam of the Budget Control Act and increase spending on defense? Yes we can, said the cautiously optimistic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Why are the chances any better this year than for all the failures since 2011? Because, Rep. Mac Thornberry told reporters this morning,… Keep reading →

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Iran Just One Of Rogue States ‘That Could Explode On Us,’ Panetta Tells Hill

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


CAPITOL HILL: Despite recent major developments in Iran’s nuclear program, the effort has yet to cross the ‘red lines’ requiring military intervention, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today. Testifying before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today, Panetta said intelligence shows that Tehran has yet to transition its nuclear program into a full-fledged weapons program. “That… Keep reading →

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DoD Turns Up Sequestration Heat On Capitol Hill

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


THE PENTAGON: DoD turned up the heat on lawmakers, restating that it has no plan for addressing another $500 billion-plus in additional defense cuts forced by the congressional Super Committee’s failure. Furthermore, DoD will not formulate a plan to deal with the defense cuts prompted by the Obama administration’s sequestration plan, Pentagon comptroller Bob Hale… Keep reading →

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Collins Slams Colleagues As Ineffective, Too Partisan

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


WASHINGTON: Sen. Susan Collins blasted the “highly politicized” nature of Congress, questioning whether lawmakers can resolve any of the major problems facing it, including the threat of sequestration. Collins, one of the few surviving Republican moderates on the Hill, noted the positive results for the Navy in the fiscal 2012 defense appropriations during her speech… Keep reading →

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Defense Drawdown Will Plunge Deeper Than You Think

Posted by Ajay Patel on


In this exclusive article for Breaking Defense, President of Monitor National Security Ajay Patel and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and Senior Advisor Ben Wachendorf claim the impact of looming defense budget will be much worse than expected. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Congress about the potentially catastrophic impact of the $500 billion in… Keep reading →

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U.S. Needs New National Security Plan To Survive ‘Catastrophic’ Defense Cuts

Posted by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett on


In an article penned exclusively for Breaking Defense, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett weighs in on what needs to be done to maintain U.S. national security goals in light of the economic difficulties facing the country. There are those who argue that with our current national strategy, additional deep cuts to our military, as would occur under… Keep reading →

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House, Senate GOP To Team Up On Deficit Plan, McKeon Says

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


CAPITOL HILL: House and Senate Republicans will team up on pending legislation to spare the Defense Department from a potential $1 trillion budget cut, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said today. McKeon has been in contact with Senate counterparts who are pitching similar plan to clear the looming $600 billion budget cut off… Keep reading →

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McKeon Unveils New Debt Reduction Plan; Veto Threat Still Looms

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


CAPITOL HILL: A day after Senate Republicans announced their own plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the national deficit, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon unveiled a plan of his own. The “Down Payment To Protect National Security Act” calls for a ten percent total cut to the federal workforce spread over 10 years,… Keep reading →

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Tough Road Ahead for GOP’s Plan To Dodge DoD Cuts

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WASHINGTON: A Republican plan to spare the Pentagon roughly $500 billion in spending cuts faces rough passage with no guarantee the department could avoid the spending reduction, two defense analysts say. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman and John Kyl will roll out a “substitute” sequestration plan this week. Formal legislation will… Keep reading →

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