Impact of National Defense on the Economy, Diplomacy, and International Order, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, September 26, 2018 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the September 26, 2018 hearing on "The Impact of National Defense on the Economy, Diplomacy, and International Order", held before the Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of William M. ''Mac'' Thornberry: "Why should the U.S. insist on having the strongest military in the world? What is the connection between a strong military and other instruments of national power and influence? How does a strong military benefit the daily lives of average Americans? As we rightfully work through the details of military threats and capabilities, those are the kinds of questions that we do not often ask, much less answer. [...] Today on the floor, we have the opportunity to do something we have not done in nearly a decade, which is to adequately fund the military on time. But one year's budget does not repair the readiness problems that have developed over the years, and it does not adequately respond to adversaries threatening our superiority in several areas. We need a sustained policy, one we stick with even as political currents wax and wane. Such a policy requires looking at these deeper questions of why military strength is important." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hal Brands and William Inboden.
H.A.S.C. No. 115-117; House Armed Services Committee No. 115-117
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