The Ripon Forum

Volume 48, No. 2

Spring 2014 Issue

In this Edition

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In this Edition

by LOU ZICKAR

One of the storylines in Washington this year has been the inability of Congress and the President to come together on some of the key challenges facing our nation.

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The Holy Grail of Defense Reform

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The Holy Grail of Defense Reform

By DOV S. ZAKHEIM

The former Pentagon comptroller looks at the elusive effort to fix the acquisition system at the Department of Defense and shares his insights on the latest reform effort today.

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The Scope of the Challenge

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The Scope of the Challenge

By WILLIAM GREENWALT

With the House Armed Services Committee launching an effort to fix the Pentagon’s broken acquisition system, a look at the importance of the effort and the obstacles blocking reform.

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Hollow Arguments on Military Entitlements

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Hollow Arguments on Military Entitlements

By ALAN SIMPSON

The former Senator from Wyoming argues that it’s not just the Pentagon’s acquisition system that needs reform – the military entitlement system needs fixed, as well.

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The Fiscal Fantasy Behind U.S. Defense Strategy

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The Fiscal Fantasy Behind U.S. Defense Strategy

By KORI SCHAKE

According to this defense expert, military planning needs to be based on fiscal reality instead of unrealistic budget assumptions that call for more spending than we can afford.

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Two Visions, One Reality

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Two Visions, One Reality

By MICHAELA DODGE

The President and Congressional Republicans have very different views about the future of America’s nuclear weapons complex. Who is right?

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A Q&A with Mike Rowe

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A Q&A with Mike Rowe

The host of TV’s Dirty Jobs discusses the lessons he’s learned from America’s workers, the value of the skilled trades, and how the definition of what constitutes a “good job” has changed.

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Republican Reboot

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Republican Reboot

By GARRETT JOHNSON, AARON GINN & CHRIS ABRAMS

A look at the effort to bridge the gap between the technology sector and the conservative political sector.

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A Necessary Investment

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A Necessary Investment

By ALLISON LEA

Federal spending on basic research has not only saved lives over the years, but has also resulted in medical breakthroughs and helped fuel America’s economic growth.

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The Risks of Rescue

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The Risks of Rescue

By BRIAN MICHAEL JENKINS

Amid calls for the U.S. military to get involved in the rescue of 200 school girls held hostage in Nigeria, this terrorism expert explains why a rescue attempt would be a mistake.

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