The Lesson of Task Force Smith

History: When America draws down its defenses, threats multiply
U.S. troops examine North Korean weapons picked up from enemy dead during heavy fighting the preceding night

In more than a decade on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, American forces have never been routed. American combat units have suffered extensive casualties, but they have never disintegrated into a helpless mass of individual soldiers, capable of nothing more than a desperate flight for safety.

Dempsey: Threat of Conflict in Asia Increasing

U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
Gen. Martin Dempsey / AP

The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Report: Sequestration, Military Budget Cuts Hurting National Security

Nearly $1 trillion in defense funding reductions over next decade expected
U.S. military sequester

A combination of budget cuts and escalating compensation costs will reduce the U.S. military’s fighting forces by at least 50 percent by 2021 and threaten national security, according to a report released Friday.

Obama’s War on the Troops

Panetta calls for soldier pay freeze one year after TRICARE cut proposal
Soldiers attend a deployment ceremony Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP)

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to “budget uncertainties” related to sequestration.

‘We Are at War’

Graham demands Iranian threat be neutralized before agreeing to defense cuts
Sen. Lindsey Graham / AP

“We are at war,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) declared before a packed lunchtime audience at the Willard Hotel Tuesday afternoon. 
Radical nations like Iran continue to pose a deadly threat to American interests across the globe, Graham said.