Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman discuss the importance of the recent announcement that the Pentagon will allow women to serve in combat.
Lawrence J. Korb and Michael Conathan explain why a unified national security budget would be good news for the Coast Guard.
It doesn't matter that Chuck Hagel is a Republican -- or even a defense expert.
Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman explain how four politically feasible reforms to the defense budget would save $100 billion over the next decade.
We should remember the contributions of not just the generals and admirals in the spotlight, but those that work behind the scenes as well.
Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman explain what it takes to be a successful secretary of defense.
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.
With the election decided, lawmakers have returned to Washington with just seven weeks to negotiate an agreement to avert sequestration, which would impose about $1 trillion in cuts to Pentagon spending and domestic programs. The crude across-the-board cuts of sequestration are not smart budget policy. But these negotiations present an opportunity for Congress to take [...]
Despite the claims of many people, the resignation of David Petraeus as director of the CIA will benefit the country, the Army, and his family.
Lawrence J. Korb discusses the return of neoconservatives to the foreign policy debate.
Lawrence J. Korb and Jessica Arons explain why women who are in the military deserve to have access to better, more affordable, and more comprehensive care.
The U.S. military is confronting an epidemic of suicides, which, in the Army alone, are currently averaging more than one a day. To deal with this scourge, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that he wants military leaders to “kick ass” and that he will hold them accountable for whether they succeed in helping desperate [...]
It is remarkable that in this age of budget austerity, with no existential threat to the United States, the Pentagon could still spend, in real terms, more on average than it did during the George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. The Defense Department has largely avoided major cuts to its budget [...]
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 [...]
Lawrence J. Korb discusses why defense cuts aren't the end of the world, even though some politicians and lawmakers say they are.