Cut Defense Spending

Lawrence Korb and Christopher Preble explain the need to cut back on our defense spending by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years.

Not surprisingly, the magnitude of the nation’s fiscal crisis has inevitably evoked warnings that our insolvency threatens our national security. One part of dealing with this situation will entail reducing the projected level of defense spending by several hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

President Obama made restoring the nation’s strength at home the centerpiece of his just-released national-security strategy. The nation’s top military leaders agree. “Our financial health is directly related to our national security,” explained Joint Chief’s Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen in a recent interview.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow