Opposing view: Defense cuts threaten security, economy

Aug. 03, 2012

Requiring defense, which takes up 20% of the federal budget, to absorb 50% of $1.2 trillion in "sequestration" cuts to the federal budget is a bad idea that would harm vital national interests.

The Defense Department is already absorbing a $487 billion reduction in defense spending over 10 years mandated in last summer's Budget Control Act. Additional cuts from sequestration would tear through muscle and into the bone of America's national security. They would diminish our ability to replenish equipment that has been worn down after a decade of conflict.

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Proposed sequestration cuts would be a threat to important weather forecasting

Aug. 03, 2012

Living in “tornado alley,” Oklahomans are used to severe weather, but the 10-year cost of severe storms — some $6 billion in property damages — is still mind boggling.

In 2012, our nation is midway into a summer that's already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves. It's hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for national weather forecasting.

Unfortunately, that's what will happen unless Congress works with the White House to repeal mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These “sequestration” cuts may lead to a $182…

Cut may limit storm warnings

Aug. 03, 2012

Wild weather is costing Texas billions of dollars. One analysis conducted for Kiplinger.com found that property damage from severe weather caused the state $24.9 billion in property losses from 2002 to 2011.

And in 2012, we are just weeks into a summer that has already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves across the nation.

It's hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for weather forecasting. Yet that is exactly what will happen unless Congress repeals mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These sequestration cuts include a…

Sequestration: A march of folly

Jul. 30, 2012

It is Washington conventional wisdom that sequestration won’t happen — that both parties are just playing a game of chicken that will be resolved in the nick of time. Unfortunately though, time is running out.

The reality is this: As of now, $1.2 trillion will be trimmed from the federal budget, and companies and federal agencies are making negative hiring, investment and procurement decisions based on what the law of the land tells them will happen come January 2. Any post-election fix will come too late to undue damage already done.

And what if there…

Women ascending to new heights in aerospace leadership

Jul. 12, 2012

Nearly 50 years ago a young woman majoring in chemistry went to her faculty advisor for career advice. “We don’t expect our female graduates to have careers,” she was told. Shannon Lucid went on to take five space flights and to hold for a time the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman.

The idea that an extremely accomplished woman such as Shannon Lucid would be discouraged from pursuing a career in her chosen academic field may seem ludicrous today. But we must acknowledge that our…