We have a good news-bad news situation on our hands when it comes to defense spending. The good news is, it’s heading in the right direction — up. The bad news is, it remains too low to fix the spending holiday that afflicted our military for years — a failure to fund that has seriously compromised our readiness levels.
Budget numbers released by Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, look impressive at first glance: $622 billion for the base defense discretionary budget. That’s an increase of 2.3 percent over the last budget the House passed.
Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Once you take the defense cuts of the last decade or so into consideration, you realize we have a lot of ground to make up.
According to Former Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we need between 3 percent and 5 percent real growth