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Sequester, CR: Navy’s Top Spokesman Says There’s ‘Still Hope’

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WASHINGTON: “We still even today hold out hope that there will be a solution, that Congress can solve this.” That’s the word, as startling as it is, from the Navy’s senior spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, on the day before the automatic cuts called sequestration are scheduled to kick in. But as Kirby, the Chief… Keep reading →

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Army Gen. Ray Odierno: Sequestration, CR ‘The Greatest Threat To Our National Security

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WASHINGTON: For all the budget hawks and foreign policy doves out there who think that the automatic cuts called sequestration might actually be a good way to reduce our military spending, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno has a message: We already gave at the office. “I want to first remind everybody that sequestration is… Keep reading →

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House Just Can’t Get Deals Done To Fix Budgets, HASC Dem Rep. Courtney Says

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CRYSTAL CITY: A senior Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee has given up hope that the House can agree on anything to prevent sequestration, provide defense appropriations for the remainder of the year, or raise the debt ceiling. Judging from the way all the recent fiscal crises have been resolved, the solution has been… Keep reading →

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Shut Up And Let Us Think: Army To Media, Industry Inquiries On Armed Aerial Scout

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.: Shhhh! Don’t even whisper “Armed Aerial Scout” around Army leaders for a while. The mere phrase makes them jump in these parlous budget times. Besieged by journalists and industry executives at the Association of the US Army’s annual aviation conference (click here for complete coverage), Army officials responded to inquiries about AAS… Keep reading →

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Pacific Strategy Is Sunk If We Can’t Solve Fiscal Crisis: State Dept Official

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WASHINGTON: There’s an increasing consensus in Washington that America’s future lies in the Pacific. It’s one of the few things both parties can agree on. Unfortunately, if we can’t reach an agreement to get our fiscal house in order, the governments in the Asia-Pacific region will have every reason not to take our strategy seriously.… Keep reading →

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Why Sequestration May Be The Least Worst Case

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: A year ago, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration looked like the nightmare scenario. Today, amidst deepening gridlock and the threat of the first federal default in US history, they’re starting to look like the lesser evil. “The debt ceiling is clearly the priority,” said the city’s leading independent budget analyst, Todd Harrison… Keep reading →

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Against Integrity: Why A More Corrupt Congress Could’ve Fixed The Fiscal Cliff

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[Updated] WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA: Happy New Year, America. To start 2013 off wrong, we have a deal to fix the “fiscal cliff” that actually only solves a third of it. This is where four decades of Congressional reform have gotten us. The corrupt old boys’ club of the past would have done better. Where exactly do… Keep reading →

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America’s Superpower Status Goes Over The Fiscal Cliff

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As our 2013 forecast series continues, American Enterprise Institute scholar and frequent Breaking Defense contributor MacKenzie Eaglen takes a grim look at the strategic consequences of the fiscal cliff. (Click here for the full series of forecasts so far). The nation is heading over the fiscal cliff, an economic triple threat — tax hikes, spending… Keep reading →

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Reagan ‘Would Be Horrified’ By Republicans Who Want To Cut Defense: Kelly Ayotte

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Rising Republican star Sen. Kelly Ayotte said her “libertarian” and “isolationist” Senate colleagues who would cut defense spending to help solve the budget deficit have abandoned the principles of conservative icon Ronald Reagan. Speaking at the conservative American Enterprise Institute late Wednesday afternoon, the junior Senator from New Hampshire said that “with the issues that… Keep reading →

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U.S. Military Will Have To Do ‘Less With Less’: Hill Must Vote On Money

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WASHINGTON: “We’re long past the point of doing more with less,” said the blunt-spoken Under Secretary of the Navy, Robert Work. “We are going to be doing less with less in the future.” But with a continuing resolution, sequestration in three weeks, and to-be-determined defense cuts a likely part of any “grand bargain” to avert… Keep reading →

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