While there are some suggestions that make sense in the report of the independent panel that was established to evaluate the QDR, the panel failed in what should have been its biggest task, namely, how to bring the escalating baseline defense budget under control, and thus enable the defense budget to contribute its fair share to reducing our nearly $1.5 trillion budget deficit. Rather the panel proposed establishing another outside group to examine the issue of rapidly growing personnel costs and then recommended increasing the size of the overall budget to counter growing Chinese influence.
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