Defense spending boost: Pros and cons

President Trump proposes to increase defense spending next year by $54 billion. (DANIEL SLIM / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump proposes to increase defense spending next year by $54 billion. (DANIEL SLIM / AFP/Getty Images)

Question: Is increasing defense spending by $54 billion a good idea?

Bob’s Answer: YES

Plummeting readiness levels, equipment in disrepair and jets that aren’t flying are just some of the reported challenges for our military. The military budget is just over 3 percent of gross domestic product. Their operation and maintenance costs grew by almost 50 percent over the past decade, largely due to spending for health care, civilian pay and contracted professional and maintenance services. With today’s labor costs, military expenditures must increase markedly to keep up.

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