Category Archives: Military Personnel

Document: CBO Report on Options for Reducing U.S. Deficit

Document: CBO Report on Options for Reducing U.S. Deficit

From the Congressional Budget Office report, Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2014 to 2023:

The Congress faces an array of policy choices as it confronts the dramatic increase in the federal government’s debt over the past several years and the prospect of large annual budget deficits and further increases in that debt that are projected to occur in coming decades under current law. Read More

Opinion: What the Navy Can Learn from Golf

Opinion: What the Navy Can Learn from Golf

A sailors hits golf balls in an inflatable driving range during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) event in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2012. US Navy Photo

A sailors hits golf balls in an inflatable driving range during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) event in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2012. US Navy Photo

Golfers may not realize it, but they have a keen understanding of combined arms.

I’m not a particularly good golfer myself. Some may suggest what I do is not actually “playing golf,” but I know well enough not to use a putter in the sand trap or use my sand wedge from the tee and certainly not buy any club that claims to cover all those situations. Read More

Document: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad

Document: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad

From the Nov. 8, 2013 Congressional Research Service report: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad:

The United States maintains about 285 diplomatic facilities worldwide. Attacks on such facilities, and on U.S. diplomatic personnel, are not infrequent. The deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, along with attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen, drew renewed attention to the challenges facing U.S. diplomats abroad, as well as to the difficulty in balancing concerns for their security against the outreach required of their mission. Congress plays a key role in shaping the response to these challenges, such as by providing resources for diplomatic security and examining security breaches overseas. Read More

Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Unknown to many, 95 miles north of San Diego in the city of Westminster stands a memorial to the Vietnam War erected by the Vietnamese-American community. The centerpiece is a statue of two soldiers standing close to each other, South Vietnamese and American.

As we honor Veterans Day, we should remember that it was not just an American war but a non-communist Vietnamese one as well. They suffered many more casualties than we did and also lost their country. Read More

NAVSEA Commander: FBI Search for a Second Navy Yard Shooter Left Scene ‘In Pretty Bad Shape’

NAVSEA Commander: FBI Search for a Second Navy Yard Shooter Left Scene ‘In Pretty Bad Shape’

FBI collects evidence at Building 197 on board the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy Photo

FBI collects evidence at Building 197 on board the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy Photo

The FBI’s search for a suspected second shooter during the Sept. 16 lockdown at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard created extensive interior damage during the six hours before the law enforcement agency determined suspected shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone, said Naval Sea Systems commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides said at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Thursday. Read More