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The FY 2009 Defense Budget Request: The Growing Gap in Defense Spending

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Publication Date: February 2008

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

Author(s): Baker Spring

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (Military spending)

Keywords: National security; defense procurement; supplemental appropriations; military health care

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Projected growth in entitlement spending, not defense spending, is at the core of the federal government's looming fiscal crisis. Current defense expenditures, or even spending equivalent to 4 percent of GDP, will not jeopardize either the health of the economy or the prosperity of the American people. A sustained commitment to defense is necessary to sustain liberty.