Defense Budget

US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Brussels on February 14, 2018. (VIRGINIA MAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.

Members of the Popular Mobilization Forces advance toward Tal Afar, Iraq, on Aug. 22, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Militias Set Their Sights on Political Power

With elections looming in May and the Islamic State on the run, the Popular Mobilization Forces are eyeing politics.

A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology

As its rivals invest in new military hardware, Washington is stuck refurbishing obsolete equipment.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis inspects honor guards during a visit to Jakarta on Jan. 23. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Mattis Succeed Where His Predecessors Have Failed?

The 2018 National Defense Strategy has its priorities straight. But budgetary challenges could get in the way.

A Department of Homeland Security official at a train station in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 7, 2006. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Slash Counterterrorism Funding

On the chopping block: incident response teams, air marshals, and nuclear detection.

Three Taiwanese submarines at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Jan. 18. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again

When China complained about a plan for the Navy to make port calls in Taiwan, Congress listened.

A U.S. soldier takes cover near a patrol base south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 29, 2007. (David Furst/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Military Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Do Its Job

Donald Trump promised a bigger defense budget, but the Pentagon is still waiting.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as they attend a press event on tax reform on Sept. 27, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security

As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - JULY 01:  Incoming U.S. Navy plebes, or freshmen, are taught how to salute on their first day at the U.S. Naval Academy July 1, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. Over 1,193 Plebes will be processed through various stations that will culminate with the Oath of Office ceremony to become members of the Naval Academy's Class of 2019.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Big Defense Buildup Should Include a National Cyber Academy

If the United States wants to remain ahead of the forthcoming cyberwars, it’s going to need a new generation of leaders.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

And the Oscar Goes To…

Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?

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America’s military doesn’t need more money — what it needs is an engaged public to demand a genuine strategy

Money will not fix what ails our military. We don't have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy.

ZAGAN, POLAND - JUNE 18:  A soldier of the Polish Army sits in a tank as a NATO flag flies behind during the NATO Noble Jump military exercises of the VJTF forces on June 18, 2015 in Zagan, Poland. The VJTF, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, is NATO's response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Troops from Germany, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Belgium were among those taking part today.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Time for Europe’s Militaries to Grow Up

The continent can't blame Trump for its long-running inability to take care of its own security.

US Defence Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Mattis Back Up His NATO Threat?

If you needed reassurance that Mattis not just knows NATO but feels it, you got that in his remarks on Wednesday.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis addresses a press conference following the NATO Defence Ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on February 16, 2017.
The US military is not yet ready to cooperate with Russia, Pentagon chief James Mattis said on February 16 after Moscow's defence minister called for better ties. "We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward," Mattis told reporters at the NATO summit in Brussels.
 / AFP / THIERRY CHARLIER        (Photo credit should read THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO’s in Crisis! (Again)

Secretary Mattis is not wrong when he says that Europeans should not expect Americans to care more about Europe's security than Europeans themselves do.

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