Defense Budget

The Brian Lehrer Show

Congress and War

Friday, March 22, 2013

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History and Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at The Cato Institute and author of several books including, The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free, discuss how current Congressional Republicans' positions on war and defense spending have been influenced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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The Washington Report

Secretary Hagel Goes to Afghanistan

Monday, March 11, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his first overseas trip to Afghanistan as head of the Pentagon. By most accounts, it wasn’t exactly a diplomatic success. In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Marc Garber  about the bumps and bruises from the trip, as well as the debate that is brewing over how much can be cut from the defense budget.

The Takeaway

When It Comes to Defense Spending, Republican and Democratic Voters Have a Lot in Common

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A new study suggests that Republican and Democratic voters agree on an issue that has divided their congressional representatives for decades: defense spending. The findings suggest that many Republican voters would cut the defense budget, even though their congressional representatives wouldn’t.


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Opinion: Giving Up on Congress is Obama's Best Decision

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The President saw he had spent too much of 2011 trying to find a sensible seat at John Boehner's Mad Tea Party. Instead, he walked away from their table. It's been the best decision he's made for his re-election prospects.

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The Takeaway

The End of US Dual Ocean Navy Defense?

Friday, January 06, 2012

Congress and Franklin Roosevelt's administration passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act in 1940, during World War II. Since then, the nation’s domestic military defense has been based on a simultaneous naval defense on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But with the announcement Thursday of an eight percent decrease in U.S. military spending, there was also the tacit understanding that naval fleets will be redirected to the Pacific Ocean to act as a buffer between China and the United States West Coast.

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