Thursday, May 04, 2006
Military spending prioritiesThere's a new report out on the Pentagon's current budget priorities that focuses on some of the really critical issues for the longer term in developing a more realistic and sensible military policy, and one that will be driven by foreign policy instead of the other way around: A Unified Security Budget for the United States, 2007 by Miriam Pemberton and Lawrence Korb 05/03006, Foreign Policy in Focus Web site.
Pemberton and Korb in this paper are *not* making a "guns vs. butter" argument. They argue instead:
The United States simply cannot afford to waste increasingly scarce taxpayer dollars on unnecessary and underperforming components of American military forces at the expense of the nation's non-military national security tools. ...The Democrats can and should make a central issue out of wrongheaded military spending.
I've discussed this paper at more length in a post on Old Hickory's Weblog.
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