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The President's Dilemma: Debt, Deficits, and Defense Spending

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Publication Date: January 2010

Publisher(s): Project on Defense Alternatives (Commonwealth Institute)

Author(s): Charles Knight; Carl Conetta

Funder(s): Commonwealth Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)

Funder(s): Commonwealth Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)

Topic: Military and defense (Military spending)

Keywords: military; Pentagon; defense; budget

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The United States faces Reagan-era levels of deficit spending and greatly increased debt. Can President Obama's program of high defense spending and increased non-defense spending survive? This brief report puts recent and planned defense spending into the context of emerging fiscal constraints and President Obama's broader program of change.