• 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 …

  • Army to Close Community Theaters in Europe

    Army to Close Community Theaters in Europe0

    In the latest move prompted by the strict cap on defense spending, the Army is planning to eliminate its community theater program in Europe starting in fiscal 2017. About nine theaters, including those in Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern and Baumholder in Germany; Vicenza in Italy; and Mons in Belgium are expected to close. The theater program cost $1.96 million last year. In response to budget cuts in FY 2017, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), like the rest of the Army, had “to make some tough — and potentially unpopular — decisions as we work to separate wants from needs,” agency spokesman Scott Malcom told Stars and Stripes. “Our intent is to use our limited funds to provide critical base operating services and sustain the infrastructure that makes the Army ready,” Malcom said. “Is quality of life a child development center or a community theater? Are we in the humanities business or are we in the warfighting business?” he said …