August 26, 2011 |
Americans are souring on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military budget is under siege as Congress looks for spending to cut. And the Army is reporting record suicide rates among soldiers. So who does the Pentagon enlist for help in such painful circumstances? Hollywood. In June, the Army negotiated a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal with the producers of "X-Men: First Class," backing it up with ads telling potential recruits that they could live out superhero fantasies on real-life battlefields.
June 15, 2009
In Michael O'Hanlon's analysis that the Obama administration is underfunding the Pentagon [ "Obama's Defense Budget Gap," op-ed, June 10], he failed to address the most important question: What is the mission that would justify perpetuating the colossal U.S. military budget? Should the United States occupy Iraq and Afghanistan indefinitely (Mr. O'Hanlon has supported both wars)? Are our huge military budget, which at more than $600 billion per year is almost as large as those of the rest of the world's countries combined, and...
August 23, 2012 |
The new concept of American overseas military operations known as " Air-Sea Battle " has come under scrutiny and criticism. Popular with the Air Force and Navy, it has been construed as an aggressive policy, and some in the Pentagon see it as a way for those two services to grab budget share away from the Army. Across Asia, especially in China, many view it as a way for the United States to challenge a rising People's Republic. In fact, as a military concept, Air-Sea Battle reflects some needed rethinking in response to global...
May 11, 2012
Stephen Daggett, a specialist on national defense and the military budget at the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service, died April 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. He was 63. He had complications from multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer, said his wife, Diana Gilpatrick. Mr. Daggett worked as a military budget and defense specialist at several Washington area think tanks before joining the Congressional Research Service in 1989. He helped brief...
November 12, 2011
Regarding the Nov. 7 editorial " Defense on the rocks ": Automatic cuts to military spending are not an ideal approach because they interfere with rational planning. But the Pentagon's ambitious spending plans can be reduced by $1 trillion over the next decade — gradually and in conjunction with a revision of the Pentagon's far-flung missions — without undercutting essential capabilities. Military spending is at its highest levels since World War II, and it has increased for 13 years running.
February 10, 2012 |
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit this week is an opportunity for the man who is likely to lead China from late 2012 to late 2022 to begin to develop the agenda for that decade with a president who may well serve until January 2017. Yet this visit comes at a time of growing strategic distrust between China and the United States. China, despite some problems , remains on a roll. Its economy has rapidly expanded to second-largest in the world, with gross domestic product continuing to advance...