How Much Can We Cut Defense?

Fareed Zakaria is a credible political analyst, but his Aug. 4 op-ed column critiquing the military budget overlooked some basic facts. We have yet to replace the aircraft, vehicles and weapons worn down by a decade-long military operation. We need more investments in advanced reconnaissance drones such as the RQ-170 Sentinel that helped us find Osama bin Laden, fighter jets such as the F-18 Superhornet that allows us to keep U.S. ground troops out of Libya, and missile defenses that can help contain emerging threats from adversaries around the world, including Iran and North Korea.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Washington Post.