"Defending our nation and protecting the inalienable rights of every citizen guaranteed by our Constitution are the primary responsibilities of the U.S. federal government. Over the past decade these missions have faced challenges due to both terrorist threats abroad and out-of-control spending in Washington. While defense spending increased over the last ten years to combat the threat from abroad, domestic spending--including non-defense spending at the Pentagon--has also increased to unsustainable levels. A former Joint Chief of Staff even warned 'the single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt.' Our nation's $16 trillion national debt is the new red menace, posing perhaps a greater threat to our nation than any military adversary. The threat of our national debt can be defeated by reviewing every department, every program, and expenditure within the federal budget, including at the Department of Defense (DOD). We must eliminate waste and duplication to refocus the Pentagon to its true mission: fighting and winning the nation's wars."
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