Magazine September 16, 2013, Issue

The Army You Haven’t

(Roman Genn)
Why Washington is slashing the defense budget

When Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, the American military was already fragile. The last major military build-up had happened 25 years before, in the Reagan administration. Years of high deployment rates beginning in the 1990s, coupled with inefficiencies in the Department of Defense and underfunding of procurement and modernization projects, had caused the armed forces to shrink and rust. The Navy and Air Force were too small, and all three services desperately needed to replace their ships, planes, and vehicles with new, technologically more advanced equipment.

In 2010, Congress created a National Defense Panel to review the status of the

Jim Talent, as a former U.S. senator from Missouri, chaired the Seapower Subcommittee. He is currently the chairman of the National Leadership Council at the Reagan Institute.

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Politics & Policy

Rocky Mountain High

Denver, Colo. – There’s a stretch of Broadway that’s called Broadsterdam because of its medical-marijuana dispensaries. Just a block over, flanking Acoma and Bannock Streets, is a warehouse district. It’s not ...
Politics & Policy

The Army You Haven’t

When Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, the American military was already fragile. The last major military build-up had happened 25 years before, in the Reagan administration. Years of high ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

E Pluribus Bonum

The mantra “We are a nation of immigrants” is repeated endlessly, but this incantation is essentially misleading. The addition of one adjective, “assimilated,” as in, “We are a nation of ...
Politics & Policy

Film: Small Ball

I complain fairly often in this space about the slow decline of middlebrow entertainment — the way superheroes and franchises have crowded out original storytelling, the way the economics of ...
City Desk

There’s a Place

Every man has the place he hangs out. The employees of this magazine, at its old location, had the fancy Italian restaurant for editorial lunches and dinners. But for daily ...

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Persecution at the Polls (In re “Laboratory of Islamism,” August 19) I have read several articles stating that the Muslim Brotherhood actually threatened Coptic Christians into not voting last year in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Whatever happened to the wholesome, respectable MTV we grew up with? ‐ In a recent interview, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said of defunding Obamacare that “if it doesn’t happen ...
Athwart

Attack of the Acronyms

Some cable show, some channel, some Sunday: another think-tank smart guy laying out the risks for landing a right cross on Bashar Assad’s chin. (If you could find it. SpecOps ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

NIGHT WISDOM Face framed with a few lonely wisps of gray, the dark haired lady suggested gently, over coffee, to the young mother, bone weary, with a babe who had cried through the night, but now slept, as ...
Happy Warrior

Party Politics

Prowling my hotel room the other night, I discovered a copy of the latest Vogue, kindly provided by the management. So, after bringing myself up to speed on Jennifer Lawrence ...

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