Cutting through the rhetoric on defense sequestration

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January 8, 2012
Cato Institute
by Benjamin H. Friedman and Veronique de Rugy  
Posted in Commentary

"In August, the Congressional Budget Office projected that national discretionary defense spending -- 96 percent of military spending outside of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan -- would cost $5.3 trillion over the 2013-2021 period. That is the spending trajectory that the White House and its updated strategy supports. After sequestration, that spending will instead total $4.8 trillion, a difference of less than 10 percent. In nominal terms, sequestration is not even a cut; it would see nonwar military spending grow by about 10 percent from today, as opposed to the 18 percent the administration wants." (01/06/12)  


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