Don’t Blame a Weaker Military on Money

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A candidate assigned to Delta Company, Officer Candidates Class-221, breaks the surface of the murky water of 'The Quigley' at Brown Field, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on March 15, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Patrick H. Owens/Released)

In recent weeks, there’s been a steady drumbeat in the media of calls to increase defense spending. In newspapers, TV and radio, this chorus contends that a shrinking military budget is putting U.S. national security at risk. Repeal the Budget Control Act and boost Pentagon spending, they warn, or suffer the consequences of a less secure nation. The time has come to expose the fact these claims are without merit and instead shine a light on the real cause of our dwindling military capabilities.

The American military’s shrinking capabilities have very little to do with money. Rather, they are the result of internal mismanagement. The only way to strengthen our national security is not to spend more money, but rather to reform the way the Department of Defense does business.

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Civilian photograph of Lt. Col. Daniel  L. Davis (U.S. Army, ret.)

By: Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis (U.S. Army, ret.), U.S. Army, retired

Daniel L. Davis retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. after 21 years of active service. He was deployed into combat zones four times in his career, beginning with Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and then to Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan twice (2005, 2011). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991, and awarded a Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan in 2011. Lt. Col. Davis is a member of the Center for Defense Information's advisory board.

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