Defense Budget

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., the Panel joins forces with Lawfare to have a conversation with Bob Bauer and A.B. Culvahouse.

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?


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.

PHILIPPINE SEA - JUNE 18:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) (L) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.  (Photo by Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Military Experts: Trump Defense Spending Plans Would Break the Budget

Almost $100 billion in new spending called for in a Trump first term

The Pollution Pain Of Rare Earth Village

Rare-Earth Market

By monopolizing the mining of rare-earth metals, China could dictate the future of high-tech.


Five Soldiers Dead, Four Missing in Latest Military Training Accident

More and more troops are dying during training, and a Congressman wants to know why


U.S. Falls Behind in Arctic Great Game

Amid a global boom in icebreaker construction, the United States risks getting frozen out of the melting Arctic.

AT SEA- DECEMBER 10: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (R) and India's Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (L) inspect a jet engine in the hanger deck of the USS Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia, December 10, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean. Secretary Carter visited the carrier with India's Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar to demonstrate US Navy aircraft carrier flight operations.  (Photo by )

Welcome to the Pentagon’s Department of B.S. Accounting

Creating a special, separate fund for nuclear weapons is Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s worst idea ever. Even his own deputies find it sketchy.

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