Cutting Defense for Deficit Reduction Is Risky

At a recent Brookings event on the U.S. defense budget and American power, Robert Kagan asks, “What does the liberal world order cost and what is it worth to us?” He says that saving $55-60 billion per year so that the defense budget can contribute its “fair share” of deficit reduction is too risky and that we’re taking grave risks if we try to solve the budget deficit crisis by cutting the defense budget.