Congress ought to freeze Pentagon spending

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William D. Hartung is a senior analysis fellow on the Quincy Institute for Accountable Statecraft.

Final week, Congress handed the debt ceiling deal reached by President Joe Biden and Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and the winner is — the Pentagon!

Whereas the remainder of the federal discretionary finances is slated to be frozen at roughly this yr’s degree, the Pentagon and associated spending on nuclear weapons on the Division of Vitality can be exempted from the freeze. Navy spending can be set at $886 billion, the quantity requested by the Biden administration for fiscal yr 2024. This represents an historic excessive — tons of of billions of {dollars} greater than on the peaks of the Korean or Vietnam wars or the peak of the Chilly Struggle, adjusted for inflation.