Posts Tagged ‘War’


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New Bomber Soars $27 Billion Too High


Tuesday September 1st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:46am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted in 2013, politicians seemed intent on buying 280 more M-1 Abrams tanks the U.S. military didn’t want or need. The M-1 Abrams is a formidable machine but not really suited for counterinsurgency operations, and the tanks run $8 million each. Last year we alerted taxpayers to the new fleet of presidential…
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The Costs of War


Friday January 6th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:59am PST   •   3 Comments

At the Pentagon yesterday, President Obama released a press statement concerning his new military strategy. The document was clear with regard to Iran, stating “U.S. policy will emphasize Gulf security, in collaboration with the Gulf Co-operation Council countries when appropriate, to prevent Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon capability and counter its destabilizing policies.”…
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How Would You Cut Defense Spending?


Thursday January 5th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:16am PST   •   4 Comments

The New York Times has a useful infographic outlining proposals for how to trim the defense budget. The Pentagon has committed to cutting $450 billion in spending over the next 10 years—only a small slice of the tremendous increase in war and defense spending we have seen in the previous 10 years. The graph…
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The Costs of 9/11


Tuesday September 13th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:03am PDT   •   1 Comment

The New York Times has a wonderful info-graphic depicting the costs of 9/11 by Shan Carter and Amanda Cox. As the author’s point out, the United States has spent an estimated $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks – approximately one-fifth of the current national debt. Notably, these…
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