Budget cuts are hampering the American military’s ability to defend the nation’s interests and its leaders must decide if the United States will continue to exercise global leadership, defense experts said Tuesday.
National security hawks say the budget cuts outlined in Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray’s (D., Wash.) budget blueprint ignore spending recommendations from President Barack Obama’s top military brass and could “hollow out” defense.
The U.S. Navy last month announced a reduction in fleet requirement that experts warn could further stress a fleet already stretched thin.
The president accused Gov. Romney of wanting to spend $2 trillion that the military does not want.
The Obama administration on Friday threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include higher health care fees for members of the military.