• Uncertain What a Trump Presidency Would Mean for Defense Spending0

    Donald Trump’s lack of clear positions on national security policy, including whether he favors undoing the statutory budget caps to increase defense spending, make it difficult to handicap what direction he would take the military if he captures the White House in November. “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is going to mess with us,” the Republican presidential nominee says in a short video on his campaign website, reports Politico. At a much-anticipated speech on foreign policy in April, Trump said the military would be “funded beautifully” if he becomes president — but he never explained what that meant …

  • Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning

    Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning0

    Despite the loss of Fort Benning’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, there is still reason to be optimistic about the prospects for economic growth in the Chattahoochee Valley, according to the consultant studying the impact of the cutbacks. Matrix Design Group presented the results on Friday of its assessment of the economic impact of the cuts on the seven counties surrounding the post in west central Georgia. While the loss of the brigade combat team would affect the local housing market, schools, retail spending and personal wages, the region’s economy can overcome the setback and possibly offset it through other missions at Fort Benning, said Sal Nodjomian, the study’s project manager and executive vice president for Matrix …

  • Ft. Knox Hospital Downsizing to Community Clinic0

    The Army is converting Fort Knox’s Ireland Army Community Hospital to a community health clinic in response to the post’s declining population. Emergency room services will be eliminated Sept. 1 and labor delivery services will be eliminated in the coming months. The hospital’s last operating room surgery was performed in July; inpatient services closed in June. The transition to a clinic will affect about 200 hospital employees, including those on OB/GYN, ER and surgery services …

  • Party Platforms Reinforce Existing Divisions on Spending0

    The platforms adopted by the Democratic and Republican parties this month on budget matters closely mirror the existing split between the two parties. The GOP platform highlights the danger of the nation’s growing debt and calls for a strict test for all federal spending, reports CQ Roll Call. “Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it. Has it been effective in the past and is it still absolutely necessary? If not, end it. Is it so important as to justify borrowing, especially foreign borrowing, to fund it? If not, kill it,” reads the GOP document …

  • Clinton, Trump Would Face Difficult Choices on National Security0

    While there are clear differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on national security, as president both would face the same constraints on resources as they attempt to address a multitude of global threats. The disparity between resources and commitments will require “unbelievably hard choices,” Jim Thomas, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There’s always going to be hard limits as to how far [a new president] can go” in changing national security strategy …