@ Brookings Podcast: Can the U.S. Cut Defense Spending Wisely?

June 10, 2011

Expert Michael O’Hanlon fears that the increasing national debt, the unpopularity of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increased pressure to keep domestic spending on programs like Social Security and Medicare intact could lead to unwise cuts in defense spending, with serious consequences for national security. O’Hanlon says we must keep up pay and health care for the members of the Armed Services, but he does see room for targeted cuts to weapons programs.