August 19, 2013
A new Obama administration report offers a misguided approach to cutting defense costs, a new Heritage Foundation report concludes.
The proposals in the Strategic Choices and Management Review offers few options to preserve necessary military capabilities, subjecting our nation and its citizens to vulnerability not seen since the Clinton administration.
“Cuts, no matter how they are implemented, will dramatically reduce readiness and capabilities of the armed forces to the point U.S. national security will be in jeopardy,” report Heritage experts James Carafano, Stephen Bucci, Baker Spring, and Michaela Dodge.
Moreover, depleting our defenses will not address the key driver of runaway government spending:
[T]he reality of federal spending is that the armed forces are not the primary driver of the current debt and deficit problems—entitlements and spending on domestic programs are out of control, resulting in a federal government that is too big and overbearing and increasing pressure to raise taxes further. The sooner the U.S. can address its domestic spending situation, the better for U.S. security and for U.S. military personnel.
Congress and the Obama administration should continue to search for other areas to cut spending while acting to avoid a “hollow” military that cannot fulfill key missions.
Do you think the Obama administration’s plan to slash military spending is appropriate?