Speaking right now at the Citadel, Jeb Bush is outlining a defense policy that emphasizes American hard power, and calls for a stop to the current bleeding in defense spending. His proposals—like those issued by some other candidates for the Republican nomination—give some hope that we might one day see the end of epic national security mismanagement at the hands of Barack Obama, who appears to have conducted a comprehensive review of the works of Sun-Tzu, Caesar, Jomini, Clausewitz, Mahan, Corbett, and Boyd, distilled them all down to their common essence, and then done the opposite.
President Obama’s threat to veto the national defense bill could leave vital benefits for troops in limbo and hamper some of the most substantial changes to the Department of Defense in decades, according to analysts.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R., Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, assailed President Obama on Wednesday for his continued threats to veto the annual defense policy bill that helps provide equipment, vehicles, and benefits to troops.
You expect senior Obama administration defense appointees to be budget hatchetmen—that just comes with the territory—but Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’s new remarks to Politico on the size of the Navy achieve impressive levels of partisan hackwork coming from a Pentagon official.
The Weekly Standard‘s Mark Hemingway has written a harsh and richly deserved takedown of PolitiFact’s fact-free foray into opinion journalism on the issue of how many ships the U.S. Navy has, or should have:
Some lawmakers are considering a full-year continuing resolution to fund the government next year, a makeshift measure that would fail to address defense cuts and hamper procurement of new ships, planes, and vehicles, critics say.
The Marine Corps is looking at putting Marines and helicopters on the ships of foreign allies because the U.S. Navy can’t provide enough amphibious support for the Corps’ missions, a Marine general tells USA Today.
The Air Force confirmed this week that it is shuttering a vital airlift wing at Fort Bragg, N.C., that trains the Army’s airborne and special operations forces, prompting outrage from the state’s lawmakers.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) said on Monday that he will support a Republican-authored budget that leaves spending caps on defense in place but will work to lift them later this year.
U.S. military capabilities declined during the Obama administration and deep defense spending cuts are increasing the risk that American forces will lose a future war, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress on Tuesday.