Defense Drumbeats

Oct 31, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

"The Pentagon vs. the Welfare State"
By Robert Samuelson

Oct 26, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA) recently published an opinion piece for Stars and Stripes analyzing some of the undesirable but likely outcomes and long-term damage that could come from more severe cuts to our military.

(Excerpts from Stars and Stripes)
By Randy Forbes

Oct 14, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday, Chairman McKeon laid out the consequences of further defense cuts during a time of war and economic hardship. 

As the congressional super committee deliberates, McKeon urges its members to focus on their mandate of to cut entitlement spending and not take one more penny out of defense.

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

This weekend, Army leaders used the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting to warn against steep cuts to the Army that could excessively shrink the force, making it difficult to meet the demands of a complex and volatile strategic landscape.

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos recently sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, detailing the critical roles both the Navy and Marine Corps play in national defense and global stability.
Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

In Case You Missed It - Armed Services Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon spoke with Martha Maccallum on Fox News about the ramifications of further military cuts, including attempts to make cuts to military pensions and the possible reduction of hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

Watch the video below:

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington D.C. – Politico and Fox News joined numerous news organizations in highlighting a memo distributed to House Armed Services Committee Republicans that outlines the precarious state of our military, should the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction fail in its mission and trigger sequestration or other deep defense cuts.

Oct 7, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
View the HASC Budget Impact Memo
Sep 16, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
On Wednesday, Nathan Hodge of the Wall Street Journal warned of the rising costs of a rapidly aging military in a piece entitled “Geriatric U.S. Arsenal Needs Expensive-Lift.”

Hodge describes an Air Force worn by age and stress, along with a shrinking, aging Navy: