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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.

KEHL, GERMANY - APRIL 04:  Military attend the commemoration for the dead NATO soldiers during the NATO summit at the Passerelle des Deux-Rives on April 4, 2009 in Kehl, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by action press-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

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Trump Discovers Article 5 After Disastrous NATO Visit

Trump’s public performance in Brussels was a disaster. Behind closed doors, it was even worse.

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2 Percent Is No Magic Number

If Donald Trump’s favorite NATO metric told the whole story, Greece would be America's best ally in Europe.

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Trump Wants New Aircraft Carriers to Turn Back to ‘Goddamned Steam’ Power Catapults

“It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital?” Trump said.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Manhattan after he signed a pledge Thursday to support the Republican nominee in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run on September 3, 2015 in New York City. Trump made the announcement following a meeting with  Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. Trump stressed repeatedly in the news conference that he is leading in all national polls.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

If Anyone Can Bankrupt the United States, Trump Can

The president-elect’s economic plan is a ticket to debtor’s prison.

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Europe’s Militaries Have a Sharing Problem

Forget an EU Army. When close allies can’t even buy equipment together, closer defense cooperation is a pipe dream.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press during a visit to the Tel Nof Air Force base near the city of Rehovot in central Israel on August 17, 2016. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors

Washington and Jerusalem are about to ink a groundbreaking arms package, but it hinges on ending sweetheart deals for Israel’s defense firms.

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U.S.-India Defense Ties: A Delicate Dance

Defense ties between the United States and India have seen a marked improvement, but both nations need to address some hurdles to maintain the momentum.

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The Pentagon Is Still Terrible at Accounting for Your Tax Dollars

A celebration by the Marine Corps of its accounting prowess turns out to have been premature, with a discrepancy in a key audit of $800 million.

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Japan’s Expanding Military Role Could Be Good News for the Pentagon and Its Contractors

Japan is moving toward a more aggressive military stance. That's good news for the Pentagon and defense contractors.

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