Publication Date: April 2007
Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Baker Spring; Mackenzie M. Eaglen
Research Area: Military and defense
Keywords: National security; defense budget; hollow force; entitlement reform
Coverage: United States
Congress and the President should commit to spending 4 percent of GDP on national defense even after any drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan or Iraq, both to prevent a recurrence of the "hollow force" and to meet immediate modernization needs, and reform the major entitlement programs that threaten the budget and the economy over the long term.