Key Takeaways from President Obama and a 21st Century Military
- Contrary to popular belief and Republican propaganda, the defense budget is not being but is rising at a lesser rate. So far every budget Obama has had has increased military spending.
- Military strategy should drive budges not the other way around
- Intelligence, not concentrated manpower, is necessary to fight a “decentralized, 21st century network like al-Qaida.”
- From ThinkProgress: While the Obama administration has outlined a plan to reduce military spending by nearly $500 billion over the next 10 years, that figure is taken from levels of projected spending. As the New York Times noted this week, “over the next four years, the Pentagon budget would rise each year, reaching $567 billion by 2017.”