The Case for a National Security Budget

The Case for a National Security Budget
U.S. Navy photo/MC1 Trevor Welsh

Why a better American Foreign Policy requires a new way of paying for it.

In 2007, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a call that would, he predicted, strike many officials in his own department as “blasphemy”: the United States needed to spend more on diplomacy, foreign aid, and other nonmilitary tools of foreign policy. “Having a sitting secretary of defense . . . make a pitch to increase the budget of other agencies might,” Gates noted, “fit into the category of ‘man bites dog.'”

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