"war"

Does the US Navy have 10 or 19 Aircraft Carriers? →

Turns out it’s kind of difficult to define what exactly an aircraft carrier is.

John Sopko, head of oversight for U.S. work in Afghanistan, says major challenges remain →

utnereader:

The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War
The DoD cuts that didn’t actually happen. 

(via silas216)

3 Myths About the Defense Budget

thirdwaythinktank:

By Ben Freeman

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The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget request has been savaged by Republicans and even some Democrats. Critics argue it’s “a skeleton defense budget,” that will “dramatically reduce the size of the Army to pre-World War II levels,” and all of this “will embolden America’s foes to take aggressive acts.”

All of these critiques have one thing in common: they’re not true.

Here’s why:

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Still No Sanity in Nuclear Budgeting

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by Erica Fein, WAND Nuclear Weapons Policy Officer

The President’s budget release is a perfect time to think about our national priorities over the coming years: Do we want to invest in programs to keep America vibrant, well-educated, and healthy, or do we want a hollowed-out America where spending on expensive and unworkable weapons systems take precedent?

Nuclear weapons, increasingly less useful for 21st century defense, should be one of the places where we are re-prioritizing. Yet, the President’s budget increased spending on nuclear weapons by seven percent, to $8.31 billion. It appears the increase is almost fully offset by a decrease in funding for nonproliferation programs – the programs that prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands.

B61 A Prime Example of Misplaced Priorities

Much of this increase is for the unnecessarily complex upgrade to the B61, a Cold War-era nuclear bomb. While most experts agree that some sort of life extension to this weapon is needed as long as it is part of the nuclear stockpile, leaders in the U.S. Congress are not convinced of the Administration’s plans. As Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that makes funding decisions on nuclear weapons, has stated, “A more narrow scope of work [on the B61] would safely extend its life while meeting military requirements.”

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Pentagon Looking to Cut F-35 Buy →

Journalism Fail: All the Sources in Stealth Jet Story Are PAID to Praise the Plane →

Maybe that’s why the report on the F-35 was so favorable to the plane?

Pentagon Slush Fund Must Be Drawn Down →

How can you tell the war budget is a slush fund? When 2 wars end but the budget goes up.

The Jet That Ate the Pentagon

The U.S. is going to spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35, and it still isn’t meeting its goals. Watch the video and find out how this happened. Learn more.