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Bipartisan Defense Savings Letter 12-10-12

Bipartisan Defense Savings Letter 12-10-12

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December
10,
2012
The
Honorable
Barack
Obama
The
Honorable
John
Boehner
The
HonorableNancy
PelosiThe
HonorableHarry
Reid
The
Honorable
Mitch
McConnell
DearPresidentObama
and
Congressional
Leaders,
As
youbegin
negotiations
to
improve
our
nation’sfiscal
health,
we
write
toexpress
bipartisansupport
for
including
defensesavings
in
any
final
budget
agreement.
We
have
seriousconcernsabout
the
ëareléss
and
arbitrary
waythat
sequestration
reduces
defense
spending,
but
we
supportits
general
intent
to
ithproye
our
fiscalcondition.
We
believethatsubstantial
defehse
savings
can
be
achieved
ovçr
the
long-term,
without
compromising~nationai
security,through
strategicr&ductiohs
in
the
Pentagon’s
budget.
Respected
polic~~orgañizationa
across
the
politicil
spectrum
have
recently
issued
proposalsthat
wouldrespon~ibly’achievé
defen~e
savings
over
the
next
decade.
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Defense
Alte~nativ
and
pthers,h
ye~
leased
plans
to
save
up
to
$550
billion
without
harming
U.S.
national~ecbiity.
In
fact,
achievingdefensesavingsas
part
of
the
larger
effort
tor~duce
the
nationaldebt
will
go
a
1ong~wa9
toward
bol~tering
U~S.
nationafse~urity.Asformer
chairman
of
the
JointChiefsoc
StaffAdmiral
Mike
Mullen
pointed:out,
“TIle
single
biggest
threat
to
our
national
security
is
our
debt,
soI
also
believe
we
have
every
responsibility
tohelp
eliminate
thatthreat.Wemust,
and
will,
do
out
part.”
The
Pentagon’s
budget
has
increased
dramatically
over
thelast
decade,due
in
largepartto
the
wars
in
Afghanistan
and
Iraq.As
we
transition
from
wartime
topeacetime,
and
as
we
confront
our
nation’sfiscal
challenges,
future
defense
budgets
should
reflect
the
conclusion
of
these
wars
and
acknowledgethatourmodem
military
is
able
toapproach
conflicts
utilizing
fewer
butmoreadvanced
resources.Congress
must
consider
these
changes,
not
past
spending
or
percentages
of
GDP,
and
move
toward
defense
budgeting
that
focuses
on
meeting
specific
military
requirements.
We
know
the
United
Statescan
maintain
thebest
fighting
forcein
the
worldwhile
also
pursuing
sensible
defense
savings.
How
we
spend
our
resources
is
just
as
important
as
how
much
we
spend.
Thetrue
foundation
of
our
military
power
is
not
dollars
orequipment,but
the
men
and
women
of
our
armedforces,
who
have
noequal.
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As
you
work
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address
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you
to
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defensesavings.
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