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

Publication Date: January 2010

Publisher: Project on Defense Alternatives (Commonwealth Institute)

Author(s): Charles Knight; Carl Conetta

Research Area: Military and defense

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.