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West: Cutting Spending While Protecting the Mission

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 I believe we can reduce military spending by moving from an outdated Cold War-era “forward deployed” posture to a posture of “power projection.”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.

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