Chiefs’ Equation: More Sequester Equals More Casualties. Lawmakers Don’t Check Their Arithmetic.

The Pentagon’s top generals continue sending mixed messages about the impacts of pending military spending cuts. The latest instance of the service chiefs’ uneven talking points came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last Thursday. The chiefs at times said changing the schedule of the cuts would make them mostly manageable. At other times,…

Heavy Hitters: Allen, Lieberman, Hudson Join CNAS Board of Directors

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) quickly has become a top Washington national security think tank. And on Monday morning, it offered the latest glimpse why. The organization announced it is adding a handful of heavy hitters to its board of directors, including former Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, outgoing BAE Systems CEO…

Military Services Don’t Receive Equal Slices of Budget Pie

If you deal with defense spending, you’ve probably had someone tell you that the budgets of the military services are roughly split evenly. Well it’s not true. Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, busted that often repeated myth Thursday when presenting his latest report called: “Chaos and Uncertainty: The…

Medal of Honor Awarded Today, and Another Take on a Controversial Fight

Later today, former Army Capt. William Swenson will head over to the White House where president Obama will drape the Medal of Honor around his neck. Swenson earned the nation’s highest military honor for actions undertaken during a bloody and controversial 7-hour gunfight between about 60 Taliban fighters and a group of Afghan soldiers and…

Marine Commandant Gen. Amos has an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos has his own F-35. Well, kind of. My buddy Gabe Starosta, who is the managing editor of Inside the Air Force (the same publication your blogger ran for several years), snapped this photo of a Marine Corps F-35B short take-off vertical landing jet while visiting Eglin Air Force Base…

A New Revolt of the Generals?

Back in the bloody Iraqi spring of 2006, a group of retired Army and Marine Corps generals including former Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni and several two-star generals who had left the service after commanding troops in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, created a huge stir when they publicly demanded the resignation of Secretary…