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The Enemy Within

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 […]

By Lawrence J. Korb | Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pentagon Well Positioned for Spending Reduction

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 […]

By Lawrence J. Korb and Robert Ward | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What’s $2 Trillion Among Friends?

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 […]

By Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Robert Ward | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Defense Cuts Won’t Hurt That Much

Lawrence J. Korb discusses why defense cuts aren't the end of the world, even though some politicians and lawmakers say they are.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fewer Troops, More Security

Lawrence J. Korb and Robert Ward argue that limited military intervention in Libya helped lead to a successful election, while the full-bore occupation of Iraq encouraged electoral chaos.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Robert Ward | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gunpoint Stimulus

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, July 2, 2012

Rape in the Ranks

Sexual assault in the military threatens our national security. This has been a hard lesson for military leaders to learn, but thanks to significant pressure from Congress and victims’ advocates, they’re starting to get the picture. Last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that sexual assault cases will now be handled by higher-ranking, more […]

By Lawrence J. Korb | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

U.S.-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

As the US and India begin their third annual strategic dialogue this week, which follows last week’s visit to India by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, it is important for US policymakers dealing with India to keep in mind the warning of the late British diplomat Sir Harold Nicholson: “Nations do not have permanent friends […]

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Thursday, June 14, 2012

Reflections from the African Land Forces Summit

Lawrence J. Korb discusses his recent trip to Uganda for this year’s conference and what he learned about our efforts to defeat extremists on the continent.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Military Health Care: Facing the Facts

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 […]

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, June 7, 2012

What’s Next for NATO?

article icon 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.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Max Hoffman | Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Top 10 Things to Know About Military Compensation

Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman outline 10 facts about current military personnel costs.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Friday, May 11, 2012

Reforming Military Compensation

book_alt2 icon 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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, May 7, 2012

VFW, Allies Mislead on Pay, Benefits

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, May 7, 2012

6 Reasons America Is Safer Under Obama

There is no doubt that the U.S. is safer now than it was when Obama took office. Here are six reasons why: First, Osama bin Laden is dead and the top al Qaeda leadership decimated as a result of Obama’s decision to authorize raids and exponentially increase drone strikes in Pakistan. Second, the U.S. has […]

By Lawrence J. Korb | Wednesday, May 2, 2012