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CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE, CATO INSTITUTE The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the costs of the Pentagon’s current plans will total nearly $3.8 trillion over the next seven years, $308 billion more than is permitted by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). That $3.8 trillion represents the Pentagon’s base budget, not the...
CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE, CATO INSTITUTE One of the overlooked aspects of President Obama’s speech at West Point yesterday was his call for other countries to step forward, and do more to defend themselves and their interests. He also expected them to contribute “their fair share” in places like Syria. It might...
CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE, CATO INSTITUTE I could not write that headline without chuckling to myself, but this is no laughing matter for some members of Congress. They are asking the Pentagon to describe what it would take to eliminate all risk in the world—or at least all the risks to the...