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Leaving Afghanistan will be complicated, costly

The United States has spent nearly $600 billion over the past 10 years putting combat forces into Afghanistan. Now it's going to cost an additional $5.7 billion over the next year or two just to transfer or return most of the troops and equipment we shipped into that country, according to a …

December 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Who should pay to treat troops' autistic children?

Who should pay for costly special treatment for autistic children in families of active and retired military service personnel?

December 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

CIA should get back to its roots: spying and analyzing

President Obama should pause before choosing a successor to CIA Director David H. Petraeus and rethink the role of the nation's primary intelligence agency. Its main focus for the past decade has been fighting terrorists and insurgents.

November 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

White House weighs nuclear-arms cuts

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is contemplating further cuts to the nation's nuclear arsenal, but any decision about potential reductions is unlikely until Russia and the United States can resume negotiations after both countries hold presidential elections this year, defense official…

February 14, 2012 9:09 pmLoading…

It's high time to end aversion to paying cost of war

Better late than never. It's time to start thinking about how to pay not only for core spending by the Defense Department for what I will call "peacetime" forces but also the costs for actual fighting, next year and beyond.

December 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Defense Dept. must curtail waste, reconsider its role

Can the Defense Department change its ways? That's the question that comes up as Pentagon leaders face a challenge - the deficit - that, unlike previous military problems, can't be overcome by throwing money at it.

September 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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