Nearly every year, leaders in Washington pass record-breaking defense budgets, but the Pentagon has failed to invest those dollars wisely. We’re advocating for a national security budget that prioritizes the nation’s needs over defense contractor profits.
Pentagon leaders are tasked with forming a national security strategy that will keep Americans safe. Yet too often, they make national security decisions that aren’t in the best interests of the military or the American people. The Pentagon budget is chock-full of waste, new weapons systems are so complicated they don’t actually work, and service members don’t always get what they need to stay safe and healthy. Pentagon decision-making is too easily influenced by corporate interests looking to profit from defense spending, rather than by those who know what we need to keep us safe. We’re pushing for a national security strategy and budget that give our troops the support they need, address real threats in a pragmatic way, and put people over profit.
To ensure a sensible defense strategy in the U.S., we are focused on three core priorities: a Pentagon budget that makes us safer, military effectiveness, and the health and safety of service members.
Building a Pentagon Budget that Makes Us Safer1 Enhancing Military Effectiveness2
Pentagon leaders keep purchasing overpriced weapons systems that don’t actually work. We’re pushing for a more intentional strategy, one that ensures troops get the equipment they need.
Ensuring the Health and Safety of Service Members3
Despite routinely asking for increases to the Pentagon budget, military leaders are consistently failing to ensure service members have what they need to stay safe and healthy. We’re urging the Pentagon to better prioritize service members’ health and safety.
What's at Stake?
The Pentagon can’t keep track of its own spending. Taxpayers should not have to keep footing exorbitant defense bills when we don’t even know where our dollars are going.
Leaders in Washington are trying to retire an aircraft that provides crucial air support to troops on the ground. But ditching the battle-tested A-10 for the shiny, new F-35 could leave our service members vulnerable on the battlefield.
Defense hawks have been pushing the Pentagon for years to prepare for war with China. But military leaders are gearing up for the wrong kind of threat, and their approach could risk escalating the situation.
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