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Return of the Rummy?

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In Robert Farley
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On January 9, 2012
Steve Clemons has an interesting notion: Rumsfeld’s public ruminations about what might be possible in achieving efficiencies and dealing with a tough budgetary environment were leading the nation in my view to do some of the “rebalancing” back in early 2001 that would have been healthy for the country.  Robert Kagan,writing in July 2001, strongly […]
In this week’s WPR column, I shill for Lockheed Martin: Given Congress’ unwillingness to pursue additional revenue, the current Defense Department budget cannot be sustained. Cuts will be necessary, but the F-35B is the wrong place to look. The F-35B provides a virtually unique capability for transforming amphibious assault ships into light strike/air superiority aircraft carriers. […]
My column this week is on the technological implications of the Obama administration’s excuse for avoiding the WPR: In the future, however, presidents may resort to airpower in order to avoid congressional limitations on their executive power. A longer-range concern is that as the United States continues to develop technologies that increase the distance between […]

Can We Cut?

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In Robert Farley
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On January 31, 2011
Andrew Bacevich: Like concentric security barriers arrayed around the Pentagon, these four factors — institutional self-interest, strategic inertia, cultural dissonance, and misremembered history — insulate the military budget from serious scrutiny. For advocates of a militarized approach to policy, they provide invaluable assets, to be defended at all costs. Unsurprisingly, I’m sympathetic to Bacevich’s general […]
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