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Military Spending Is Not the Same As Defense Spending

Military Spending Is Not the Same As Defense Spending

by Doug Bandow The world is a mess, and conservative politicians talk about increasing “defense spending.” This has obvious appeal. After all, who can be against defending the country? The problem is that most of America’s military outlays have nothing to do with defense.  From 1789 to 1947, the U.S. had a Department of War. […]

Prescription Drug Prices: Politicians Are All Talk, No Action

Prescription Drug Prices: Politicians Are All Talk, No Action

by Thomas L. Knapp On July 26, 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order under which the US government’s Medicare Part D program would have negotiated lower prescription drug prices based on an “International Price Index.” Implementation of the order was delayed pending counter-proposals from Big Pharma, but the Democratic response was swift. […]

The Best Defense Against Violence

The Best Defense Against Violence

by Max Borders “What is the best defense against violence?” polymath entrepreneur Chris Rufer once asked.  Though I’m not much of a gun enthusiast, my thoughts automatically turned to Messrs Smith and Wesson. After all, the Second Amendment is designed to encode our right to self-defense. But then I figured that answer must be too obvious. “The […]

Happy 20th Anniversary. Guess What Your Gift Is?

Happy 20th Anniversary. Guess What Your Gift Is?

  by Thomas L. Knapp Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, the US government is finally — well, probably, kinda sorta — ending its lost war with Afghanistan, drawing down its presence in Iraq, and reducing the heat of its “global war on terror” from a rolling boil to hot-tub temperature. Good news, right? After […]

A Soldier’s Story

A Soldier’s Story

    By Michele Weslander Quaid On Memorial Day, and always, we remember, honor, and teach about those who have served in the military and sacrificed for our freedoms, and for the families they left behind. Today, I share with you a story that is very personal to me and my daughter, Sophia. It is […]

The World on January 20, 2017

The World on January 20, 2017

By Victor Davis Hanson, March 14, 2017   Red-blue tensions at home, mounting dangers abroad.   Most Americans are worried about our domestic crises. Obama left office after doubling the debt to $20 trillion. Near-zero interest rates over eight years have impoverished an entire generation of seniors — and yet remain key to servicing the […]

Tiny Drones Win Over Army Grunts. Big Bots? Not So Much

Tiny Drones Win Over Army Grunts. Big Bots? Not So Much

  A soldier holds a PD-100 mini-drone during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii. Tiny drones, pilule no bigger than your palm, symptoms were the big stars of an Army experiment in Hawaii, participants told Breaking Defense. Larger ground robots, however, struggled in the jungle. Staff Sergeant James Roe told me he was “blown away” by […]

New Report Warns: US Must Prepare For Space Warfare

New Report Warns: US Must Prepare For Space Warfare

Obama presidency to end with $20 trillion national debt

Obama presidency to end with $20 trillion national debt

  When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man. Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to […]

Senate Kills Amendment To Directly Arm Anti-ISIS Force

Senate Kills Amendment To Directly Arm Anti-ISIS Force