• Budget Issues Are Hampering Modernization, Readiness, Service Chiefs Testify

    Budget Issues Are Hampering Modernization, Readiness, Service Chiefs Testify0

    The combination of uncertainty resulting from Congress’ reliance on stopgap spending bills and stringent fiscal constraints stemming from statutory budget caps has harmed readiness and jeopardized national security, the military’s most senior officers told lawmakers Thursday. “Eight years of continuing resolutions, including a year of sequestration, have driven additional costs and time into just about everything that we do,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The services are essentially operating in three fiscal quarters per year now. Nobody schedules anything important in the first quarter. The destruction that this uncertainty imposes translates directly into risk to our Navy and our nation …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …