CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2012) Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Matthew Jordan, currently assigned to Riverine Squadron 2, mans his weapon while on a reconnaissance mission during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. Bold Alligator represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn Friant/Released)

Despite public perception and political rhetoric, US military not shrinking

(MintPress) – When President Barack Obama unveiled nation defense plans in early January that involved downsizing the United States military, the criticism poured in. Despite Pentagon officials’ reassurance that the military would still surely be strong enough to take on any perceived threats, opponents of the downsizing said the move would make America weaker and not allocate […]