January 5, 2012 |
Outlining new military priorities after a costly decade of war, President Obama called for shrinking the Army and Marines and refocusing Pentagon spending to counter dangers from China and Iran. Declaring that the "tide of war is receding," Obama outlined the shift in strategy in a rare appearance Thursday at the Pentagon, underscoring the White House desire to pivot away from the unpopular and costly conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan in an election year. In a sign of concern about China, and a new emphasis on the Asia Pacific region, the Navy is expected to keep its current fleet of 11 aircraft carriers and accompanying warships.
November 22, 2011 |
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich took issue with rival Mitt Romney's hard-line stance on immigration Tuesday night as the GOP candidates returned to a pivotal issue in their latest nationally televised debate. Gingrich said he did not want the Republican Party, which says it puts a premium on "family values," to promote immigration policies that would break up families that have been in this country for many years by expelling those who are here illegally. "I'm prepared to take the heat for saying 'let's be humane,' " said Gingrich, staking out a moderate position similar to one that proved hazardous to Texas Gov. Rick Perry in earlier debates.
November 3, 2011 |
Republicans usually enter a presidential campaign with a built-in advantage on at least one issue: national security. Historically, voters trust the GOP to be tougher than Democrats on defense and foreign policy. Not this time. President Obama has robbed the Republican Party of its usual foreign policy edge, thanks to his surprisingly enthusiastic prosecution of the war against terrorism. The death of Osama bin Laden in May didn't give Obama much of a bump in opinion polls overall; unluckily for the president, the economy is still the overriding issue in voters' minds.
October 18, 2011 |
The candidates all agreed, for the most part, that everything should be on the table when it comes to budget cuts, but there was disagreement about just how to tame the military budget. Newt Gingrich, suggested that “historically illiterate politicians” (referring presumably to their illiteracy about history, not their continuing illiteracy, if you see the difference) should not be charged with making “a numerical decision about the defense budget.” “I'm a hawk,” said Gingrich, “but I'm a cheap hawk.
September 15, 2011 |
Seeking to whip up public support for what's expected to be a hard-fought budget battle in Congress, a group of defense contractors launched a lobbying campaign urging an end to cuts in military spending. The campaign, named Second to None, was introduced by the Aerospace Industries Assn. trade group Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington. The group, which represents manufacturers and suppliers of aircraft, space systems and engines, warned of potential job losses and national security risks.
August 4, 2011 |
Senior Pentagon officials sought Wednesday to head off additional reductions in defense spending in coming months, warning that thousands of Defense Department employees might have to be furloughed or laid off and that across-the-board cuts in military programs would jeopardize national security. A day after President Obama signed a debt reduction bill that requires as much as $400 billion in Pentagon spending reduction over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other senior officials contended that Congress should look elsewhere in the federal budget for additional savings or raise taxes, rather than cut defense spending further.
June 4, 2011 |
Despite mounting pressure to cut the U.S. Defense budget, the Pentagon is investing in new weapons systems, expanding military alliances and formulating a combat doctrine to counter a modernizing China and other potential rivals in Asia, according to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. On the first stop of a round-the-world farewell tour before he retires at the end of the month, Gates sought to reassure allies and warn adversaries that the United States would not pull back forces from the Pacific Rim or scale back its military commitments.
May 30, 2011 |
President Obama nominated Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing Memorial Day to put the finishing touches on his new national security team and start what the administration hopes will be a gradual U.S. drawdown from the war in Afghanistan. In a Rose Garden presentation, the president said he was moving Dempsey from Army chief of staff to the higher post overseeing all Pentagon and military operations, selecting him in part because of his past two tours helping lead the war in Iraq.
March 27, 2011 |
Question: What can I expect from my Textron Inc. stock? I am a longtime shareholder. Answer: This manufacturer of Cessna planes and Bell helicopters is seeking to regain altitude after a nose dive in the recession. The company's Cessna unit is the leading maker of business jets, while Bell is a top supplier of commercial and military helicopters, including aircraft used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The firm is also known for unmanned aircraft and military communication systems.
November 30, 2010 |
The leaders of President Obama's deficit commission say that the final proposal they will introduce Wednesday may not have enough votes to advance, but will offer an honest blueprint to follow in order to address the nation's fiscal challenges. Initial proposals introduced Nov. 10 by the co-chairmen of the Bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform -- former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and President Clinton's former chief of staff Erskine Bowles -- were widely seen as provocative and criticized most vehemently by the left.