We have already cut defense by an estimated $470 billion over 10 years. I believe we can reduce military spending by moving from an outdated Cold War-era “forward deployed” posture to a posture of “power projection.”
We must recognize the 21st-century battlefield, end nation-building and occupation-style warfare, and move toward strike-oriented operations. We must end the practice of providing “peaks and valleys” in our military funding and establish a steady state of force capability based on national security objectives and requirements.
Above all, our military and veterans must never be the bill-payers for failed economic policies and fiscal irresponsibility.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a retired Army lieutenant colonel, serves on the Armed Services Committee.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.