National Security Program | Digest

Defense Spending: Lose the Mechanism, Take the Cuts

by Mieke Eoyang, Julie Zelnick and Brett McCrae

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What’s the nation’s greatest national security threat? Our debt.

Despite all the hand-wringing over the defense cuts in sequestration, it’s the arbitrary nature of sequestration, not the cuts in spending, that’s the problem. If you remove the sequestration mechanism, defense spending would be in line with where it was before we started two wars.

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