Pentagon spending has been a focal point for both President Obama and Governor Romney during the 2012 presidential debates. While Obama’s goal is to slow the defense budget’s growth over the next couple of years, he emphasizes that it will still grow. Romney’s plan however, proposes increasing Pentagon spending to meet 4% of U.S. gross domestic product.Read more
Next Tuesday, October 30, at 2 pm ET/11 am PT to 4 pm ET/1 pm PT, Brave New Foundation's War Costs is going to lead a Twitter bomb aimed at House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, the leading recipient of defense contractor campaign contributions in Congress and one-man force for the military-industrial-congressional complex.Read more
Mitt Romney's campaign put together a new ad after last night's final presidential debate in an attempt to highlight the differences between he and President Obama on Pentagon spending.
Romney often repeats the claim that the U.S. Navy is smaller now than nearly 100 years ago — the ad highlights the comparison between the 245 ships active in 1916 and the 285 active now, which Politifact calls a 'Pants on Fire' claim. His argument would be completely valid if our technology had not advanced in the past 96 years. Due to the changing nature of the Navy and Air Force, it is only appropriate that the numbers will decrease—but that doesn’t mean they don’t strengthen. Quality over quantity.Read more
If the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee – and a member of Congress – claims unfamiliarity with possibly the major plank of U.S. drone policy, as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz did last week when asked about President Obama's "kill list" of those open for assassination based on U.S. intelligence, then what makes anyone believe the average American voter has a grasp on the killing done in their name in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen?Read more
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CNN aired a telling segment on how the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex works. The Army insists holding off on refurbishing thousands of sedentary tanks sitting in the California desert, which would save taxpayers $3 billion. But 173 members of Congress disagree: The jobs in their districts and campaign contributions they might lose if producing and fixing tanks momentarily halts is just too much, though don't expect any of them to say that. Contractor powerhouse General Dynamics, which spreads around money to Congress quite generously, stands to benefit.