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Robert J. Samuelson: Are we shortchanging the military?

The military-industrial complex isn’t bankrupting us – though some on the left still cling nostalgically to the belief that it is. It’s fiction.


Robert J. Samuelson: Defense spending is less than you think — here’s why

Whenever I or someone else suggests that we need higher defense spending, there is an incredulous response from critics: U.S. military spending equals the outlays of the next eight countries …


Boeing tops all expectations on strong defense spending

Boeing breezed past almost all expectations for the third quarter and raised its outlook for the year on burgeoning defense spending.


Samuelson: Tax bill is wrong policy, wrong time

There should be no net increase in budget deficits; indeed, other taxes (a carbon tax?) should be gradually increased to help close the long-term gap between federal spending and taxes.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Here’s what you could buy with the $700 billion Congress wants to spend on defense

Outside of the Pentagon, spending $700 billion in a year would be a challenge.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Pentagon pumping millions more into missile defense

The Pentagon is injecting $440 million more into missile defense to counter North Korea’s accelerating push for a nuclear-armed missile capable of hitting the United States.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense policy bill

The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Defense bill calls climate change a national security threat

The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon’s cyber operations and rejects the …


Top Republican to press for $696.5 billion defense budget

An influential House committee chairman will press his case for a $696.5 billion defense budget in 2018, a blueprint that provides more military spending than at any point during the …


Kathleen Parker: Budget is death by a thousand cuts

The proposed budget, which is really just a collection of bad ideas or suggestions, doesn’t stand a chance of congressional approval as is.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere

President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from …


House passes $611 billion defense policy bill by wide margin

The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama’s key proposals for managing the nation’s vast military enterprise.


Pentagon warns stopgap spending bill could hurt terrorism fight

The Pentagon comptroller has warned Congress that continuing to rely on stopgap spending bills will undermine U.S. forces in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a memo exclusively obtained by …


Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered aid to Southern states, defense spending, crossover voting and Moran Prairie sprawl.


GOP backers of defense budget hike got millions in donations

House Republicans urging a steep increase in the Pentagon’s budget have received $10 million in campaign contributions over the course of their congressional careers from defense contractors that would benefit …