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Bell and Misztal: Spending Flexibility Allows for Military Readiness

Steve Bell, Blaise Misztal / Research March 8, 2018

Senior Advisor Steve Bell and Director of the National Security Program Blaise Misztal wrote to Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) of the Committee on Appropriations to support spending flexibility for the Department of Defense.  Dear Senator Cochran and…

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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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Steve Bell: As Military Budget Grows, Civil-Military Divide Remains

National Security / News January 22, 2018

Current defense policies risk alienating servicemembers and potential recruits.

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Collision of Budget Deadlines and Tax Bill Could Have Grave Consequences

Economy / Press Release December 8, 2017

The next few weeks could have a major impact on America’s fiscal future, with a vote on tax reform coming soon.

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Kathy Roth-Douquet and Blaise Misztal: A Military of Multiple Americas

National Security / News November 10, 2017

To challenge the U.S. civil-military divide, strive to make service more representative of all of America.

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BPC Task Force Co-Chairs Welcome White House Attention to Military Spouse Issues

Economy / Press Release August 8, 2017

Statement by BPC Task Force on Defense Personnel co-chairs Kathy Roth-Douquet and former Sen. Jim Talent on White House attention to issues facing military spouses.

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The Military Needs Modern Ways to Attract and Manage Talent

Economy / News May 3, 2017

BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel Co-Chairs write on how today’s rigid, bureaucratic military personnel system is dangerously out of date.

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39 ideas for modernizing its personnel system

Economy / News March 21, 2017

A new report from more than two dozen leading military and national security experts calls for sweeping reforms to the Defense Department’s personnel system.

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Former Sen. Jim Talent Joins BPC as Senior Fellow

Economy / Press Release March 21, 2017

Former Sen. Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior fellow.

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Building a F.A.S.T. Force

Economy / Research March 20, 2017

It is long past time for lawmakers and Pentagon leaders to fundamentally reform the personnel systems that manage America’s uniformed service members.

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