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US defense spending: The mismatch between plans and resources
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President Barack Obama's defense budget request perpetuates a long-standing pattern of underfunding defense needs. Defense spending is already near historic lows, and the Administration's budget would reduce it to levels unprecedented during wartime. Furthermore, Congress appears poised to repeat the past mistake of promptly disarming after major combat operations subside. Instead, Congress should maintain current levels of defense spending to allow the military to reset and recapitalize. Congress needs to control entitlement growth, domestic spending, and public debt, which are beginning to threaten national security. Congress also needs to reform military compensation to ease strains within the defense budget. More

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Gates: Obama not afraid to veto defense bill
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that lawmakers should not underestimate the Obama administration's resolve to eliminate wasteful spending, and he renewed a vow to recommend a veto of defense legislation if key programs are not dropped. "Let me be very clear," Gates said in testimony before the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee. "I will continue to strongly recommend that the president veto any legislation that sustains the continuations of the C-17 or the F-35 extra engine." More

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Bill includes amendment to allow abortions at overseas bases
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A Senate provision to allow abortions at overseas military bases could set up an election year fight between abortion rights supporters and conservative lawmakers who have thwarted the measure for years. Senate Republicans threatened to block the full defense authorization bill when it comes up for a vote later this month after the abortion provision was attached in the chamber's Armed Services Committee mark-up. More

BUDGET


Obama letter stalls war funding
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As if the Gulf weren't enough, the White House now faces a spill of its own making in Congress this week, infuriating old Democratic allies and putting a hold on new war funding sought by President Barack Obama. Talks were under way to extricate the administration by coming up with offsets to pay for new education assistance to avert teacher layoffs this fall. At the same time, renewed efforts began to salvage a $24 billion package of state Medicaid assistance, even if it means paring back a proposed 18-month fix of Medicare reimbursements for physicians. More

Gates, Mullen dig in on budget decisions
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stood their ground in testimony to Senate defense appropriators who peppered them on the Joint Strike Fighter's alternate engine, C-17 airlifters and other spending priorities. Gates sparred with Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash. over widebody aircraft engineering for national security needs far into the future. Murray pressed Gates over ending the Boeing C-17 production line - as they have debated before - with Murray questioning how the U.S. would maintain such engineering expertise. More

BENEFITS


More veterans choose for-profit and community colleges under GI Bill
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Among the 15 institutions that enrolled more than 1,000 students who used the new GI Bill's benefits from October to May, seven were for-profits and five were community colleges. In 2007, nine of the top 15 under the previous Montgomery GI Bill, as it was called, were for-profits, and three were community colleges. More

Proposal: Give war-zone troops bigger raises
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The Senate will soon wrestle with the question of whether it is better to provide bigger pay raises to troops in combat or smaller raises to the entire force. At issue is a proposed $150 pay raise in January for combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, versus an across-the-board increase that is slightly bigger than the White House's proposal, which would boost the pay raise of a young grunt by little more than $8 a month. More

SERVICE SECTION


Going electric
The Year in Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new Zumwalt-class destroyer is described as an "electric ship." The next-generation carrier is more "electric" by far than any predecessor. Probably the same will be true of the coming cruiser. There has also been talk of electric (nuclear) submarines. What is happening, and why? What is so special about electric drive and electromagnetic catapults? And why is this happening right now? More

Aircraft keeps watch on oil disaster
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It was just after 3:30 a.m. when the nimble, six-person aircraft lifted off the runway and banked to the left over the black waters of the Gulf of Mexico 3,500 feet below. Inside the cramped plane no wider than a minivan, it was nearly pitch-black, save for the glow of blinking controls, but the darkness wouldn't matter. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 15, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,847 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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