“Much as Mattis’s outlook will be missed — and he should be treated with respect — a president deserves a secretary of defense who actually believes in his agenda, not someone who will resist it.”
“One of the biggest hurdles to properly defending the country in today’s complex threat environment is the fact that the costs are too damn high. Lower those costs through free market reforms — by allowing for real competition within the DoD’s procurement process — and you’ll make things like space defense a reality in a short time.”
“Fact is, since the original National Security Act of 1947 was passed, the world—and the requirements for national security—have changed immeasurably. Meanwhile, our most important institutions for national defense have only gotten larger (but not necessarily better at defending the country). They’ve become pigs—led by bureaucratic sheep—in a world of wolves. And pigs get slaughtered.”
The House of Representatives have passed the National Defense Authorization Act up to the Senate. It represents one of the most wasteful budgets in history. I explain why our defense budget is broken and what we must do to repair it before it’s too late.
In my most recent piece over at American Greatness, I make the case that current Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work should remain in place for at least the first 3-6 months of the incoming Trump Administration (possibly even longer than that, given his unique talents and abilities).
The F-35 is a boondoggle and the Department of Defense seems incapable of terminating the program. The need for a new warplane is vital. But, the best replacement, the F-22, has been ignored and downsized to our nation’s peril. This article advocates for a return of the F-22 and an end to the blind commitment that the DoD has for the F-35.
In an increasingly dangerous and fragmented world, the U.S. will need to deter its foes and reassure its friends. However, current economic conditions make such a policy dubious at best. Therefore, this article will discuss how key defense budget reforms will allow for the proper allocation of funds to support the deterrence and reassurance strategy.