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Lawrence J. Korb Archives

How to Cut $100B from the Defense Budget

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, December 17, 2012

Two Types of Generals

We should remember the contributions of not just the generals and admirals in the spotlight, but those that work behind the scenes as well.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Friday, December 14, 2012

What It Takes

Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman explain what it takes to be a successful secretary of defense.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, December 14, 2012

$100 Billion in Politically Feasible Defense Cuts for a Budget Deal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta article icon 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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cutting in All the Wrong Places

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 […]

By Lawrence J. Korb | Monday, November 19, 2012

Petraeus Resignation Will Help the Country, the CIA, and the Army

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Return of the Neocons

Lawrence J. Korb discusses the return of neoconservatives to the foreign policy debate.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Women in military deserve better care

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Jessica Arons | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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