If this means it will strangle defense spending … then there is at least one good thing to this GOP tax bill gift to the rich…

…If this means it will strangle defense spending … then there is at least one good thing to this GOP tax bill gift to the rich…

Former Pentagon chiefs to Congress: If you’re serious about defense, don’t pass current GOP tax bill

By Ed O’Keefe and Karoun Demirjian November 15  …..Three former secretaries of defense are warning lawmakers not to enact proposed Republican tax restructuring plans, arguing they will jeopardize future military spending.

 

Former defense secretaries Leon E. Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter told senior congressional leaders in a letter Wednesday that because the tax plan is expected to increase the debt, passing it will probably mean future cuts to Pentagon budgets “for training, maintenance, force structure, flight missions, procurement and other key programs.”

 

“The result is the growing danger of a ‘hollowed out’ military force that lacks the ability to sustain the intensive deployment requirements of our global defense mission,” the secretaries wrote. They cited two recent accidents involving U.S. Navy destroyers that led to the deaths of 17 sailors as evidence that cuts in military spending can lead to a “lack of adequate training.”

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