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Might U.S. Defense Budget Gain from Global Threats?

Defense News reports that “President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the “varsity” team of US foes. America’s top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of the group’s ‘apocalyptic’ visions.”  

“And Defense Secrectary Chuck Hagel has said the Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State.”  

The piece continues: “Defense insiders are abuzz about the prospect of a congressional mea culpa on defense spending. The collective hope stems from a world picture that suddenly includes several burgeoning threats that were on Obama’s ‘junior varsity’ list at the start of the year.”

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