Will Obama Cut $400 Billion From The Military By Pitting The Services Against One Another?
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I think President Obama has done something remarkably brilliant politically in proposing the defense cuts, because as was previously discussed, the President used the same vernacular and proposed the same process in determination of cuts that existing conservative and libertarian defense thinkers have made in their arguments framing defense cuts in the past. …
If the QRM recommends unequal distribution of funds between the services, the military services themselves will then forced to compete against each other and articulate a national defense argument in the context of national strategy that has very little politically to do with the administration.
In other words, unequal distribution of the defense budget favors both national strategy and the President politically. The down side to unequal distribution is that it might divide Congress, which is actually an upside for the administration with political control of the Senate and House already divided…
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