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Washington Gasps Over Trump’s Tiny Pentagon Cut

Lawrence J. Korb explains why President Donald Trump's controversial Department of Defense budget cut is not nearly big enough.

According to some national security analysts and Pentagon officials, including the National Defense Strategy Commission, the sky is falling. The reason is President Trump’s decision to spend $700 billion on the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2020 (which begins in October 2019) instead of the $716 billion it received this year and the $733 billion that it wanted. Yet close analysis reveals that a $700 billion defense budget is more than enough for the military to protect and defend this nation. There are at least five reasons why this is true.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow