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Posts Tagged ‘defense budget

Defense cuts could boost US unemployment

September 19, 2011

The Pentagon is warning Congress that potential sweeping cuts to the defense budget would put millions more out of work and add a percentage point to the country’s unemployment rate, officials said Thursday. The Pentagon described a dire scenario if a congressional “supercommittee” fails to agree by November 23 to trim $1.2 trillion from government […]

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mullen says US Debt Biggest Threat to USA

August 4, 2011

Just because there’s a deal to raise the federal debt limit doesn’t mean the United States is any safer, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen has said. “I haven’t changed my view that the continually increasing debt is the biggest threat we have to our national security,” Mullen said during a meeting with […]

U.S. Defense budget is 53 percent of discretionary spending

February 4, 2010

The Pentagon will be asking for a 7.1 percent increase in proposed defense spending, even as painful cuts are being administered in other fields. The budget line for defense stands at $708 billion, 53 percent of discretionary spending, eight times more than the next largest item, health and human services. Does that reflect America’s priorities? […]

Obama’s Budget a Surge in War Spending

February 2, 2010

President Barack Obama’s new budget forecasts two consecutive years of near $160 billion in war funding, far more than he hoped when elected and only modestly less than the last years of the Bush Administration. In 2011 alone, the revised numbers are triple what the president included in his spending plan a year ago. The […]

Admiral Mullen announces Afghanistan spending strategy

November 9, 2009

Last week, Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that the Pentagon will seek additional war funds for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in 2010. While he did not give a firm dollar amount, the New York Times reported that defense budget analysts are kicking around the number of $50 billion. The […]