Magazine May 4, 2009, Issue

Budget Defense

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the White House in January 2007 (Jim Bourg/Reuters)
President Obama proposes to spend dangerously little on the military

By any measure, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has had a long honeymoon, but it may be coming to an end. The new Pentagon budget was released on Monday of Easter Week, when Congress was dispersed about the country for the recess. Gates may have deftly dodged the bullet of congressional indignation for the moment, but he has good reasons to worry. This is a “transformation” budget like its Rumsfeld-era predecessors, and like all reforms, it will anger vested interests. But as Max Boot points out, it is also an austerity budget, which means that it will anger lots of

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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