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Opinion: Congress Should Enact a Strong Defense Budget

Justin T. Johnson , Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting Policy Center for National Defense, writes in that “President Obama recently outlined his proposal for the federal government’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget. Congress is now debating what their 2017 budget should be, and one of the central questions is the appropriate level of defense spending.”  

“A diverse array of threats over the past year has intensified the debate about national defense spending, making the question of what the correct amount of spending should be all the more pressing. The best way to approach this question is by examining America’s vital interests and the threats against them, and then determining what investments ought to be made to secure those interests.”  

Johnson concludes: “The U.S. faces growing security threats and a weakening military. Congress should take the constitutional responsibility of providing for the common defense seriously, and the first step is to increase funding for national defense in FY 2017.”

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