Securing America and Protecting Taxpayers

There is a growing number of conservatives who are supporting the notion that every dollar spent on the Pentagon does not equal a more secure America.  In fact, misallocation of resources can make the U.S. less safe both in terms of  the ability of the military to fulfill its Constitutional obligations and in economic growth.

Lt Col. Tony Shaffer Talks Leaks, COIN, and Modern War

The DIA operative the Pentagon tried to silence speaks out on cyberwar, counterinsurgency, and a defense audit: An Ostrolenk Interview for the American Conservative Magazine 


Fiscal Cliff Requires Bipartisan Action -- Now By Michael Ostrolenk

For nearly a year, Congress has driven America full speed toward a fiscal cliff. Now, just a few weeks before going over the edge, what we need is bipartisan compromise and less posturing.

Budget Hawk Grover Norquist on Waste at the Pentagon, an Audit of DOD and 10 years of War

As part of my series for the American Conservative Magazine on national security and Pentagon issues, I interviewed Grover Norquist from Americans for Tax Reform  to get his conservative take on Pentagon spending and the last 10 years of war.   

Conservatives and Libertarians talk about the need for transparency and accountability at the Federal Government

Palmer Schoening on the need for CBO and JTC Transparency

Jim Harper talks about Data Transparency at the Federal Government

Lt Col Tony Shaffer talks about the urgent need to protect national security whistleblowers

Conservative Support for Rational Cuts to the Pentagon Budget


Andrew Moylan on Wasteful Spending at the Pentagon and the Free Market

U.S. Navy SEAL Rob DuBois discusses Applied Smart Power ( DC book talk)

Robert DuBois is a security and policy advisor who was labeled a “smart power authority” while assisting U.S., British and Iraqi forces in Baghdad. A multilingual Navy SEAL with professional experience in more than thirty countries, he is the author of the game-changing book, “Powerful Peace; A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War.”

How to Freeze the Pentagon: An Interview with Rep. Mulvaney

In July, freshman congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), along with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), introduced an amendment to the House’s 2013 defense appropriations bill freezing defense spending at 2012 levels. Though it merely eliminates a proposed $1.1 billion increase in defense spending, the Mulvaney-Frank amendment was an acknowledgment that the endless military-spending hikes since 9/11 cannot continue.

The Non-Leader Leader and the Aristocracy of the Elite

Ostrolenk talks to Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the  state of political leadership in the United States today and the need for an aristocracy of merit

Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War

I am helping to organize a DC book event for Rob DuBois to discuss his new book on applied smart power.