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Department Of Defense Lacks Funds Required For Adequate Performance

By | October 1, 2007

      Even before the baby boom generation retires and begins using expensive Social Security and medical programs, the Department of Defense is sorely underfunded, according to a report from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank.

      Pentagon needs for everything from missile defense to combat operations, from procurement of weapons systems to personnel costs, require spending at a minimum something like the equivalent of 4 percent of gross domestic product, according to the 32-page report.

      But funding for the military forces lags far behind that level at 3.2 percent, according to Heritage defense experts.

      "Congress would do well … to sustain national defense budgets at 4 percent of GDP," the report recommends.

      It is titled "Four Percent for Freedom: The Need to Invest More in Defense" and was published last week by the foundation.

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