Mortgaging the Pentagon

Mortgaging the Pentagon

Say you really want a sports car, a vacation, a big new house, or some other fancy thing you can’t really afford. You know that if you buy it, you’ll bust your budget. It would mean a ramen noodle diet and a threadbare closet from now to eternity for you and your...
The Pentagon’s Fiscal Forecast: Slushy

The Pentagon’s Fiscal Forecast: Slushy

The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year. That may sound like a lot of money. But that figure doesn’t even count the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar slush fund — known to policy wonks as the...
Military Cuts Don’t Translate into Less Spending

Military Cuts Don’t Translate into Less Spending

After Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a major speech at the Pentagon, The New York Times declared that the Pentagon would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels. While he did announce an intention to reduce a number of military programs, the Pentagon...
The Clear and Present Danger of Pentagon Contractors

The Clear and Present Danger of Pentagon Contractors

Hollywood covets action movies, especially the kind where our nation faces mortal danger. Sticking with a longstanding tradition, these flicks often feature alien invaders. Another common strain portrays terrorist networks seeking to destroy or take over our...
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