Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion

Last year, that budget grew to more than $50 billion - "the largest-ever sum," according to Aviation Week's Bill Sweetman, a longtime black-budget seer. A few more billion were added for wartime operations, for a total of $54 billion. This year'total would be $2 billion higher, a 3.7 percent increase.

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New Defence Strategy Envisions Multiple Conflicts

A report and budget request from the U.S. Defence Department released Monday reveal both new and old priorities for President Barack Obama's Pentagon.

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The Pentagon Runs Amok

Obama is letting the generals and contractors roll over him

By Dan Simpson

The budget line for defense stands at $708 billion, 53 percent of discretionary spending, eight times more than the next largest item, health and human services. Does that reflect America's priorities? Is that who we are?

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No defense for this budget

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

02/02/10

Who would know from all of the whining about budget deficits that military spending is the largest discretionary item in the federal government? Exempting all security-related expenditures from common sense cuts will have serious consequences for almost everything the government does - -from job creation, poverty reduction and alternative energy development, to aid for cash-strapped state and local governments. In fact, the Economic Policy Institute reports that non-security-related discretionary spending is already at near-historic lows as a share of GDP...

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Obama’s “jobs” plan

John Stossel's Take
by John Stossel

02/02/10

At the State of the Union, Obama said the federal government ’should tighten its belt,’ but today’s Wall Street Journal points out how unlikely that is, given that the number of federal employees has surged …. After eight years of war, it’s natural to assume the growing federal job count is a result of the military. But the real boom is in the federal agencies …

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