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Defense spending

Phil Carter has a few interesting thoughts on some problems we are having in Iraq, including communications and some other things that the military doesn’t have, and should. This then leads him into questioning some of the administrations’ priorities in defense spending. He concludes: "When the FY2005 National Defense Authorization Act comes to Congress, I think it’s high time we asked tough questions about where the Pentagon is putting its money. Do we really need to spend all this money on future transformation right now, with so much of our force stuck in Iraq? Shouldn’t we put more money into current operations, considering that we already have a 1-generation technology edge on our allies (e.g. Britain), let alone our enemies? $400 billion is a lot of money for defense, but it goes quickly when you spend $10 billion here and there for big programs like missile defense. I think we ought to spend more on our soldiers, sergeants and lieutenants, where the rubber meets the road."

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