WBEZ | Defense Department budget http://www.wbez.org/tags/defense-department-budget Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en While defense gets cut, budget remains bigger than mid-1990s http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/while-defense-gets-cut-budget-remains-bigger-mid-1990s-95317 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-05/defense3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama went to the Pentagon today to announce a broad, new defense strategy that includes hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the current military budget. The president said that despite the cuts, the U.S. would maintain its military "superiority."</p><p><em>Worldview</em> takes a look at the new plan with <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/KorbLawrence.html" target="_blank">Lawrence Korb</a>, a senior fellow at <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" target="_blank">Center for American Progress</a>. He was assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/while-defense-gets-cut-budget-remains-bigger-mid-1990s-95317 Is President Obama keeping his promise to cut defense spending? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/president-obama-keeping-his-promise-cut-defense-spending-82710 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//109083544.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama has asked Congress for $671 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2012. The request includes $553 billion in core spending, including weapons procurement, and nearly $118 billion in military spending for Iraq and Afghanistan. The defense budget also increases spending on electronic warfare, unmanned drones and helicopters. During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to reform and cut Pentagon spending. With us to discuss whether the president has kept his promise is <a href="http://www.cdi.org/staff/staffinfo.cfm?StaffID=81" target="_blank">Winslow T. Wheeler</a>, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cdi.org/">Center for Defense Information</a>, which put out the recent book <em>The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It.</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/president-obama-keeping-his-promise-cut-defense-spending-82710