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Four Myths About the Defense Sequester

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MYTH: The defense budget is bloated with wasteful spending. Sequestration will trim this fat without adversely impacting our national security.

FACT: Because the FY 2013 cuts were abrupt and across-the-board, the accounts that pay for our ongoing security—training troops and providing them with arms and equipment—were reduced, with real consequences for the military’s ability to respond to crises.

Savings can and should be found in the defense budget, but across-the-board cuts are a particularly bad way to cut defense spending. There will inevitably be unforeseen increased costs to the federal government from inefficiencies caused by sequestration (e.g., cancelled or delayed contracts, wasted planning).

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