Defense Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and Onwards, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, January 24, 2017   [open pdf - 718KB]

This testimony compilation is from the January 24, 2017 hearing on "Defense Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and Onwards," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "The world order that America has led for seven decades-which has benefited our people most of all-is now under unprecedented strain. We have entered a new era of great power competition, even as we continue to face an enduring global conflict against violent Islamist extremist groups. Too many Americans seem to have forgotten that our world order is not self-sustaining. Too many have forgotten that, while the threats we face may not have purely military solutions, they all have military dimensions. In short, too many have forgotten that hard power matters. It is what gives our nation leverage to deter aggression and achieve peace through strength. [...] In other words, President Trump is now commander-in-chief of a military that is underfunded, undersized, and unready to meet the diverse and complex array of threats confronting our nation. That is why every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has testified to our committees that years of budget cuts have placed the lives of the men and women of our armed forces at greater risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dakota L. Wood, Thomas G. Mahnken, and Lawrence J. Korb.

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