Pentagon Budget Cuts and U.S. Defense Strategy

Pentagon Budget Cuts and U.S. Defense Strategy

The Pentagon has proposed shrinking its budget by half a trillion dollars over 10 years. Spending cuts, fewer troops and a shift in U.S. defense strategy.

The Pentagon's new spending proposal would shrink its budget for the first time since 1998. It's the initial step in a plan to shave nearly a half-trillion dollars from the defense budget over the next decade. Some say the timing is right. The Iraq war is over and the U.S. is winding down its engagement in Afghanistan. Plus, the economic climate at home has made trimming the federal deficit a political priority. Critics are worried the proposed budget will weaken the U.S. as China's power grows and the Middle East becomes more turbulent. Diane and her guests talk about the implications of a leaner U.S. military.


George Little

deputy assistant secretary of Defense and Pentagon press secretary.

Thom Shanker

Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times; co-author of "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda."

Thomas Donnelly

defense and security policy analyst; director of the Center for Defense Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; co-author of "Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields."

Lawrence Korb

senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration.

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