Roberts Gates Discusses Vladimir Putin’s Intentions in Ukraine

Drawing down military forces in Europe sends the wrong signal to Eastern European nations, particularly as Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. In an interview with Military Times videographer Mike Morones, Gates discusses his past interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and what he believes are…

Escalation: Sen. Inhofe Wants to Surround Putin With F-22s, Aegis Ships

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe is a Cold Warrior. While presidents and chancellors, secretaries and ministers talked of forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin out of Ukraine via mostly economic means, Inhofe wants to surround Putin’s invading force with some of America’s most lethal weaponry.

A Visual Look Inside DoD’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Deciphering the Pentagon’s 2015 spending proposal has been difficult, but Defense News has some charts the could serve as a decoder ring. Out friends at VisualDoD helped us compile data from the Defense Department’s spending plan to create these detailed graphics, which tell a story on their own. First, the chart at the top of…

Air Guard Reminds Us, The A-10 Is Still Flying

The Air National Guard loves the A-10 Warthog, that’s no secret. After all, the Guard and Reserve fly more than 150 of the 340-plus aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory. Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced something we all knew was coming: The Air Force wants to retire the entire A-10 fleet of…

MRAP: From Symbol of Iraq War to Symbol of Washington ‘Waste’?

The massive 14-ton, blast-resistant vehicles called MRAPs became the symbol of America’s misadventure in Iraq. And now, the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected trucks are, one US senator says, the symbol of Pentagon and congressional waste. Sen. Tom Coburn, a self-described “fiscal hawk,” on Tuesday unveiled his “Wastebook 2013,” which identifies a long list of federal government…