In its fiscal year 2014 defense budget request, the Obama administration holds the baseline defense budget steady at near historic highs.
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.
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, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman explain how four politically feasible reforms to the defense budget would save $100 billion over the next decade.
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.
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.
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Sarah Margon and Alex Rothman on why the danger of marginalizing Libya.
Major news media and think tanks have written and broadcast repeatedly about efforts to prevent nuclear war in South Asia, but relatively little attention has been paid to containment should a conflict between India and Pakistan break out. Even a limited nuclear exchange in South Asia would kill millions and have adverse environmental effects far [...]