It’s Business as Usual on Defense Appropriations — and Shouldn’t Be
Last week the House Committee on Appropriations unveiled the Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017. Steps toward regular order in congressional budget and appropriations are welcome, and several aspects of the bill are worth noting.
Fiscal year 2017 started on October 1, 2016, …
Congress Confirmed Mattis — Now It Should Heed His Advice
Earlier this month, after three hours of testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Congress passed legislation that would allow former General James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense. The law requires a commissioned officer to wait seven years …
Krauthammer’s Take: It’s Good to Have a Defense Secretary Known As ‘Mad Dog’
Charles Krauthammer said that Donald Trump’s looking to form a connection with Mitt Romney before making him secretary of state, and he also praised the James Mattis pick because he would be intimidating to hostile actors:
We’ve never …
Would James Mattis Reverse the Pentagon’s Women-in-Combat Policy?
Donald Trump is being criticized for considering too many former generals for leading roles within the military. Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article suggesting that putting former fighting men at the top of the military chain of command …
House Intel Chair Devin Nunes’s One-Man War on the Pentagon
Air-traffic controllers waved off the plane carrying Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and several congressmen from the House Intelligence Committee as it descended toward the single runway at Lajes Field, a sleepy U.S. Air Force base perched along a …
Defense spending is simply irresistible, in the sense that it has the Pentagon and Congress singing a line from that wretched old Robert Palmer chestnut: “There’s no telling where the money went.”
The money, or the “small arms, ammunition, …
The Pentagon Budget: Beef Jerky, Trekkie Conventions, and $17,000 Drip Pans
President Obama heads off to Newport News today, to stand in front of a shipbuilding facility and once again argue that within a couple of days the economy will collapse and the government will cease being able to meet basic …
It’s Time to Turn the Page on the F-35: Here’s How
Much of the support for the F-35 fighter program comes from well-intentioned folks who, while acknowledging that the F-35 costs too much and is nowhere near as good as Lockheed Martin claims, feel that we must move forward with it …
Jim Mattis for Secretary of Defense
General Jim Mattis is a fine choice for secretary of defense. He obviously has great leadership abilities, and everyone he will deal with in the job knows and respects his integrity.
Both John McCain and Leon Panetta, two men who …
General James Mattis to Be Named Secretary of Defense
According to the Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe, President-elect Donald Trump will name retired Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his secretary of defense.
Mattis, 66, retired as the chief of U.S. Central Command in spring 2013 after serving …
Defense Secretary Allows for Arming Personnel at Military Facilities
In a change of policy, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has decided to allow some armed-forces personnel to carry weapons at U.S. military facilities as a defensive measure, following the recent deadly attack on a Marine Corps recruitment office in …
Why Would the President Threaten to Veto Much-Needed Additional Defense Funds?
A showdown is looming in Washington over the National Defense Authorization bill and the Appropriations bill for the Department of Defense. At stake is whether the Congress is able to make any progress this year on repairing the damage which …
White House on Whether Bergdahl Was a Deserter: ‘A Lot of Ifs Attached’ to That Question