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CBO Confirms Trillion Dollar Deficits Coming Soon. Here’s Why It Matters.

Shai Akabas, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog April 12, 2018

The U.S. government will soon be running trillion-dollar deficits and this time – absent serious action by our elected leaders – they’re here to stay.

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The Budget Control Act is Slain, But Issues Remain for Defense

Jack Rametta / Blog February 22, 2018

The death—whether permanent or temporary—of the Budget Control Act was long awaited, and will no doubt have some positive affects for the readiness of the U.S. military.

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A Possible Sequester for Defense Spending

Blaise Misztal, Jack Rametta / Blog December 5, 2017

There are a number of actions that Congress could take to avoid a government shutdown, and a number of possible outcomes.

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Cold Weather Ahead for Defense Hawks?

Steve Bell, Jack Rametta / Blog November 7, 2017

It now appears less probable that the Department of Defense will see a substantial budget increase for Fiscal Year 2018

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Defense Bill on Collision Course with Reality

Steve Bell, Jack Rametta / Blog August 10, 2017

Defense spending will soon return to the legislative forefront as the Senate readies for debate on the Fiscal Year 2018.

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Has Defense Spending Turned the Corner?

Steve Bell, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog May 5, 2017

The final version of the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill could be a sign that defense spending may have turned a corner after almost a decade of stagnant appropriations.

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Trump’s Defense Budget Plan in Perspective

Sean O’Keefe / Blog February 28, 2017

President Donald Trump’s announced $603 billion FY2018 defense budget could actually represent a slight cut from anticipated FY2017 total national defense spending levels.

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Reforming an Antiquated Tax Code

Ben Ritz / Blog November 3, 2016

Stabilizing the debt at its current share of the economy using only spending cuts would require at least an 8-percent reduction below current spending levels.

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Smaller Military Pay Raise Unlikely to Impact Retention

Sean O’Keefe / Blog September 29, 2016

When properly executed, personnel policy has the ability to ensure the military recruits and retains the top talent it needs to be successful in the future.

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New Report: The Military Compensation Conundrum

Economy / Press Release September 22, 2016

An unfortunate combination of budget cuts and inefficient, outdated personnel policies has resulted in a perpetually stressed military force.

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