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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Congress Likely to Struggle to Reach Compromise on Military Strategy

  • January 12, 2012
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An agreement on defense spending, along with military doctrine, will be reached in 2012 only after the two parties engage in a spirited debate.

Soon after the Pentagon rolled out its new strategy meant to guide the process for trimming 8 percent of the department’s budget over the next 10 years, Republicans and Democrats clashed over the prudence in scaling down the military’s force structure, reported the Hill newspaper.

Several Republicans said it would be a mistake to slash military spending and to conclude that the nation will not become involved in another protracted land war in the future. Cutting the department’s budget beyond the $487 billion officials already are planning for would be devastating, Republican lawmakers told the newspaper.

Conversely, pro-military Democrats agreed with the administration that DOD can justify reducing some of its global commitments to save money.

“The military certainly is at a crossroads,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told the Hill.

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