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Friday, March 24, 2017
Defense Spending
Trump: CEO of America, Defense Spending

Trump Wants To Add $54 Billion To Defense Budget While Slashing Domestic Spending

Trump’s spending blueprint previewed a major address that he will give Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, laying out his vision for what he called a “public safety and national security budget” with a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending.

February 28, 2017
McCain, Trump, F-35

McCain Backs Trump Criticism Of Lockheed’s F-35 Program

While McCain backed Trump’s criticism of the costs of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet program, he clarified that a president does not have the authority to cancel it because funds have already been appropriated.

December 12, 2016
File photo of a soldier standing guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base

Must America Pick Up Everybody’s Defense Bills?

Americans are paying for 75 percent of NATO’s military spending. And only six of the 28 NATO members have met U.S. demands that they devote at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defense. We spend 3.6 percent. For the record, the combined GDP of our NATO allies is about equal to ours.

March 31, 2016

Failing Programs Kept Alive By Lawmakers

Members of Congress whose states or districts benefited from missile defense spending fought doggedly to protect three of the programs long after their shortcomings became obvious.

April 7, 2015
A soldier assigned to the International Security Assistance Force patrols the streets of Mazar-e Sharif. Soldiers assigned to ISAF, Regional Command North, are currently deployed in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, operating to reduce insurgency, support growth of the Afghan National Security Forces, and facilitate governance and socio-economic development. ISAF Regional Command North. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, via Wikimedia Commons)

Risky War Business

The American people must demand a new definition of security that means more than new and bigger guns.

March 23, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Cotton, Republicans Struggle To Balance Threat With Defense Cuts

New wars in the Middle East, or deep, across-the-board budget cuts. Pick one, Republicans — you can’t have both.

March 13, 2015