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With the full impact of harsh caps on defense spending set to resume next year, Congress has an important opportunity to analyze the merits of the president’s proposed increase and exceed it as necessary to target additional funds towards addressing the military’s readiness crisis. Here’s how policymakers could spend additional funds —  up to and beyond the president’s request of $534 billion.

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The 2016 budget resolution is the last opportunity Congress will have to begin restoring America’s security and credibility before the end of the Obama administration.

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An open letter to Congress, sent on Tuesday by a bipartisan cohort of 82 former senior-level government and military officials as well as a number security experts, calls upon Congressional leadership to end the destructive defense budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act and sequestration.

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To be the next commander-in-chief, one must wrestle with the post-9/11 policies of Bush 43 and the dramatic reversal of those policies during the Obama years.

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Public opinion, particularly among Republicans, has shifted towards supporting more defense spending, but the GOP-led house seems unlikely to put forward a strong defense budget. Will House leadership really ignore the the growing concern of its base and concede the issue to President Obama?

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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The Pentagon’s number two, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, spoke out about the threat of another round of automatic budget cuts to US military preparedness in the face of a litany of global crises, a warning that AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen expressed as early as 2012.

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Since 2011, the government has — with full knowledge of the consequences — funded defense at a level that it knows is far less than needed to protect the vital interests of the United States.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on legislation sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington February 11, 2015. Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State that would bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops and limit operations to three years. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

If the GOP wants show anti-Islamic State resolve, the best way to do it is to say no to Obama’s self-defeating war resolution.

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