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Providing for the Common Defense: What 10 Years of Progress Would Look Like

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Baker Spring; Mackenzie M. Eaglen

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (Military spending)

Keywords: National security; missile defense; nuclear weapons; defense spending

Type: Report


The U.S. military must cap manpower costs, adapt Reserve Component forces, maintain access to cutting-edge technologies, deploy a robust missile defense system, obtain military space capabilities, and modernize the nuclear weapons force to address post-Cold War requirements. Congress should fund national defense at no less than 4 percent of GDP for the next 10 years and reform entitlement spending.