Perspective on defense spending

As was widely reported on Monday, the Department of Defense is proposing a package of wide-ranging cuts to the nation’s military.

The proposal hadn’t even been officially unveiled before criticisms were leveled at President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

“In my personal opinion, this is very dangerous for our national security,” warned House Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

The cuts will have to clear the Congress of course, and that’s far from a sure thing, given the vested interests of members of Congress, many of whom have defense-related industries within their districts.

But even in the unlikely event that the wish list of cuts proposed by Hegel and the Joint Chiefs of Staff is fully implemented, the U.S. will continue to outspend its closest rivals on defense by a large margin. Check out this report from the BBC.

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