Defense Budget

House Defense Bill Would Embolden Iran

Dem-backed NDAA would undermine American deterrence

An amendment in the House's version of the annual defense bill that would prevent President Trump from striking Iran without congressional approval would actually facilitate Iranian belligerence—and, if anything, make war more likely.

The Wrong Time to Cut Defense

Column: A new bipartisan report exposes the dangers facing America

US soldiers take part in a massive amphibious landingLast month, when the Treasury Department reported that the fiscal year 2018 deficit was a staggering $779 billion, President Trump made an announcement. Before meeting with his cabinet, the president said he would be asking every secretary to trim five percent, "if not more," from his or her budget. Nor would he exempt the department of Defense. Here's hoping Trump changes his mind. Cutting the resources available to the Pentagon is a bad idea. A new report from the bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission underscores just how bad.