“Why can’t we avoid marching off another budgetary cliff?” write Robert Hale and Michael O'Hanlon in an article for The National Interest on the financial and security risks posed by brinksmanship budget negotiations.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 will limit defense spending in fiscal year 2016 by about $34 billion, unless a new law is passed. Hale and O’Hanlon argue that another version of the Murray-Ryan budget deal of 2013 could offer some stability by boosting defense spending by several tens of billions, and allow more funding for non-defense spending. The Murray-Ryan deal will no longer apply to the 2016 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.
“To be sure, everyone is aware that the federal government may be headed for the brink,” they write, referring to partisan gridlock preventing a comprehensive defense budget. “But few seem to think it within their power to step back.”
O’Hanlon and Hale argue that without the additional $34 billion, the Department of Defense will face limited military readiness, which could hamstring the military’s ability to counter global threats like the Islamic State, a nuclear-armed North Korea, and an expansionist Russia.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.