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15 November 2016


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That's all well and good.

But the biggest issue with cutting defense is that the Congress (not the President) loves defense spending. It's the red white and blue, flag-waving patriotic form of government spending, and it's especially popular with the Republican Party. From where I sit, a lot of military basing and defense spending ends up looking like Red State Welfare.


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  • James Hasik is a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, and an associate professor of the practice of industrial studies at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, a college of the National Defense University in Washington DC. Since September 2001, he has been studying global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them. His opinions are not necessarily those of the NDU, the Defense Department, or the US federal government at all.


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