Civilian control over the military still matters.
Auditors now say the military may be able to pass an audit before the end of the next decade, so at least that's something.
Let’s not let fears of “Trump loyalists” overshadow positive outcomes.
If we can't trim the Pentagon's budget this year, will we ever?
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That includes 1,114 armored personnel carriers.
Empty displays of ritual militarism are always a waste of time, money, and goodwill, but especially during a pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic should certainly occasion more prudence at the Pentagon in strategy and spending alike.
Glenn Fine was abruptly removed from his post without explanation.
The National Debt Is 'Unsustainable' and the Pentagon's Finances Are a Total Mess, Federal Audit Says
"Absent policy changes, the federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path," America's top auditor warns. But is anyone listening?
The administration also plans to move $2.2 billion originally earmarked for purchasing vehicles, ships, and aircraft to cover wall construction costs.
Civilian deaths are also on the rise, and it's increasingly obvious that there is no clear strategy for the U.S. to "win" its longest military conflict.
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That horse has left the barn.
Despite the failure, Pentagon officials are spinning the audit as a step in the right direction.
The mishandling of the Syrian withdrawal appears to have created less stability in Syria and considerably weakened Trump's ability to dictate foreign policy—a situation where actually bringing the troops home now seems even more farfetched.
If Trump wants credit for ending wars in the Middle East, he'll have to actually reduce the number of Americans deployed there.
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State-level licensing laws can make it nearly impossible for workers to move from place to place, and that's a particular problem for military spouses. This bipartisan proposal could be a step towards fixing it.
Chalk it up to use-it-or-lose-it spending.
Though a "U.S.A." chant didn't really seem to catch on.
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After announcing draw-down from Syria, the president may be seriously contemplating getting out of Afghanistan as well.
Donald Trump explains his decision to withdraw from Syria directly to the American people.
The Pentagon's Serial Waste and Shoddy Accounting Don't Preclude It From Getting More Money, Apparently
Defense budgeting should be a strategy debate, not a rubber stamp for higher spending
Both casualties and expenses are rising.
Trump's Military Parade Would Have Been Foolish, Expensive, Authoritarian. Canceling It Was the Right Move.
There will be no military parade today. There shouldn't be one any other day, either.
If the Navy wants people to trust that it's taking steps to be better, less transparency isn't going to help.
Is another bureaucracy really going to solve the problem?
Trump says it's D.C. politicians' fault his military parade got postponed. But at least now we can afford more jet fighters!
Which is actually not too bad by Pentagon standards.
"It was not very hard" to get the spending bill through Congress, Trump said. And he's definitely right about that.
The Pentagon can't create an entirely new branch of the military on its own. But it's moving forward where it can.
The Senate asks the Pentagon's F-35 program to explain its sizable discrepancy in savings estimates.
Rep. Justin Amash Calls Out House Republicans for Passing 'Massively Wasteful' $675 Billion Defense Bill
Amash was one of just three House Republicans to vote against the spending bill.
Pentagon officials are dragging their feet as they begin planning the military parade ordered by President Trump.
The Senate Just Gave the Pentagon an $82 Billion Boost. That's More Money Than Russia's Entire Military Budget.
Democrats will oppose anything Trump wants, unless it's more money for the Pentagon.
The U.S. Military Says It Killed About 500 Civilians Last Year. Outside Groups Put the Count Far Higher.
A lot of people are dying in unauthorized wars.
For any transgender person attempt to enlist, though, it's a new version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Because national defense is our government's top priority, Pentagon spending demands close scrutiny
Meanwhile, Trump and congressional Republicans want to remove spending caps for the Defense Department.