GOP Candidates on the Pentagon Budget

Throughout the Republican presidential primary race, there has been no shortage of comments by the candidates on their views of the Pentagon budget. The topic has been highlighted in debates, press releases, and interviews, and it is not going away. Unfortunately, the candidates are being unrealistic, vague, or both, about their plans for the appropriate levels of defense spending.

Pentagon Profligacy: Five Egregious Examples of Wasteful Pentagon Programs

The United States spent over $600 billion on the Pentagon this last year. That’s more money than the next seven countries combined. It’s also more than every other U.S. federal agency combined. Despite this extravagant budget, the Pentagon is the only agency that has never passed an audit, as required by law. What does that mean: the Defense Department can’t account for how it is spending all of its money.

Former SecDef Gates and the Future of Defense Reform (Fingers Crossed)

The Army JLENS blimp fiasco, the $43 million Afghan gas station, the fumbling F-35 program, the NDAA veto, government shutdowns, the Syrian train-and-equip program, etc. These are just some of the issues that have come up in recent times that highlight the desperate need to work towards defense reform in the United States. And the work should start now.

America’s Nuclear Weapons are Affordable, But at What Cost?

A forthcoming study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) serves as a reminder that the US must evaluate the worthiness of investing billions of dollars into its nuclear arsenal. The study addresses affordability and concludes that “U.S. nuclear forces are affordable because their projected costs account for a small percentage of the overall defense budget.”

Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015 — Answering the Question: How is the Taxpayer Dollar Spent?

Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015 -- Answering the Question:  How is the Taxpayer Dollar Spent?
This month, Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced the bipartisan Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015, (H.R. 942) co-sponsored by Mike Burgess (R-Texas) and five others. It aims to do exactly what it says: audit the Pentagon. Why, you ask? Because unlike every other federal agency required by law to undergo an audit, the Department of Defense (DoD) has never done so.