Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries. If you’re an advocate, Iike I am, for revamped federal priorities that shift resources from a bloated Pentagon budget toward neglected domestic...
Conn Hallinan’s 2012 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Conn Hallinan’s 2012 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Each year Conn Hallinan’s blog Dispatches From the Edge awards news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?” Here are 2012’s winners. Dr. Strangelove Award to Lord John Gilbert, former UK defense minister in...

Romney’s Defense Plan Means Bad Business for America

Recently, President Obama unveiled a plan he claimed would cut U.S. military spending. However, several independent experts have come forward stating that the “cuts” are simply slowing future growth in military spending from previously projected figures,...

Hyping Threats Is a Smokescreen That Obscures the Real Threats

In an article for Foreign Affairs titled Clear and Present Safety, Micah Zenko of the Council for Foreign Affairs and Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation argue, per the subhead: “The United States Is More Secure Than Washington Thinks.” First, from a...
Conn Hallinan’s 2011 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Conn Hallinan’s 2011 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Each year Conn Hallinan’s blog Dispatches From the Edge awards news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?” Here are 2011’s winners. The Golden Lemon Award to Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms...
Sequestering Military Spending

Sequestering Military Spending

In its final stages, debate over the supercommittee has boiled down to squeezing new revenues out of millionaires vs. cutting the social safety net. The largest portion of the discretionary budget, however, funds the military — and that fact has been mostly...

Japan May Become Both More Independent and More Allied With the U.S.

There are signs of a growing debate between Japanese politicians over the future of its weapons export ban. Last month, newly appointed Foreign Minister, Seiji Maehara intimated that revisions to the export ban would be necessary in order to bolster its military in...