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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Sequester Hits

Friday, March 01, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, talks about the sequester's dramatic impact on the military.

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The Takeaway

Proposed Pentagon Budget Cuts for the Next Decade

Friday, January 27, 2012

After ten years of war and expanded spending, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta outlined a series of military budget cuts for the next decade totaling $487 billion. Among these cost-saving measures are limiting pay raises for troops, increasing health insurance fees for military retirees, and closing bases in the U.S. These proposed cuts would be in addition to a previously established drawdown of troops and army personnel over the next five years.

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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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Super Committee Countdown: Rethinking the Defense Budget

Thursday, November 17, 2011

With the deficit super committee defense budget "trigger" on the line, Travis Sharp, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), looks at what the funding priorities are for the US military. 

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'Super Committee' Considers Military Budget Cuts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tasked with fixing the nation’s economic problems, the bipartisan "super committee" of twelve Congressional members may be leading some politically sacred cows to slaughter. In the halls of Congress, there is now discussion of making cuts in defense, intelligence and military spending, including pensions for retirees with 20 years of military service. Is Congress really ready to change the course of our military spending, or, is this just another bargaining tactic?

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