The Future of the Defense Budget: Up or Down?
Quite a discussion today on the Diane Rehm show involving the future of the defense budget. Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution thinks the budget will not be cut because of emerging threats (China) and because the administration is not projecting a cut. James Kitfield of National Journal thinks it will be cut, but shouldn't be, because it is a dangerous world, with emerging threats and stabilization needs. I think it will be cut because the departure from Iraq and Afghanistan, which will undermine political support for high defense budgets, and deficit reduction, which will require everything to be on the table, will combine to lead both parties to agree on cuts. Listen to the exchange on WAMU.