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Obama in Berlin: Empty aspiration or inspiration to action?

Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman discuss the Obama administration's commitment to nuclear nonproliferation.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, June 21, 2013

The Pentagon Must Carry Its Weight

Obama fiscal year 2014 federal budgetIn its fiscal year 2014 defense budget request, the Obama administration holds the baseline defense budget steady at near historic highs.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Formalizing the Ban: My Experience in the Reagan Administration

Lawrence J. Korb details his experience implementing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations, and Logistics for the Carter administration.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Barack Obama’s Historic Transformation of the American Military

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.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Monday, January 28, 2013

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

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

The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—1 Year Later

DADT streamers article icon Issue Brief Our country is better off today than it was when the ban on openly gay service continued to exist, but our military leaders should work to ensure that U.S. service members, regardless of their sexual orientation, receive the support they deserve.

By Crosby Burns and Alex Rothman | Thursday, September 20, 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

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

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

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

Remember Libya?

Sarah Margon and Alex Rothman on why the danger of marginalizing Libya.

By Sarah Margon and Alex Rothman | Thursday, April 19, 2012