Issue Brief If carried out correctly, a well-managed defense drawdown can return the Pentagon’s budget to more sustainable levels without harming our national security or our economic recovery.
Since announcing that he was a candidate for president, Governor Romney has continually criticized the Obama administration for what he claims are the president’s severe and unnecessary reductions in defense spending. According to Romney, Obama would make massive cuts in defense spending that could decimate the U.S. military by returning the armed forces to their […]
Defense contractors are trying to frighten Americans into believing that Pentagon budget cuts will destroy the economy. Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman say that's bogus.
As former secretary of defense Robert Gates remarked during his last year in office, health-care costs are eating the Pentagon alive. Both military and political leaders in the administration and members of Congress know this. Policy makers also know what must be done to bring these costs under control. But because of misleading arguments put […]
Issue Brief Lawrence Korb and Max Hoffman argue that NATO members should focus on long-term challenges to the organization at this week’s summit.
Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman outline 10 facts about current military personnel costs.
Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman defend the Pentagon against groups such as Military Officers Association of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which oppose the Pentagon’s attempts to rein in rapidly increasing personnel costs.
Report Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman explain why military compensation spending must be curbed and detail the best ways to cut back without harming veterans or active-duty service men and women.
Chart from Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb, and Max Hoffman shows that House conservatives are asking low- and middle-income families to foot the bill to protect weapons systems that don’t enhance our national security.
The new House Republican budget doesn’t strike a good balance between spending for defense, development, and diplomacy, write Lawrence J. Korb and Max Hoffman.
Issue Brief Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman grade the Pentagon's latest budget request.
Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Alex Rothman take a long view on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s budget reductions and find that we’ll need to do more in the coming years to bring military spending under control.
Max Hoffman is a Policy Analyst on the National Security & International Policy team at American Progress, focusing on the U.S. defense budget and the intersection of climate change, human migration, and security concerns. Max graduated with his M.A. in history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, winning the Compton Prize in American History […]