Options for a Responsible Defense Budget

Congress is considering the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this month. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved a bill authorizing $740.5 billion for FY 2021 by a vote of 15-2 on June 11, 2020. So far, 748 amendments have been proposed for the floor.

The House Armed Services Committee held a full committee markup on July 1, 2020, and ordered its version of the NDAA reported by a vote of 56-0. The full House is expected to consider it in late July. With an amendment deadline of the afternoon of Monday, July 13, 41 amendments have been filed so far.

As lawmakers are set to debate different aspects of each version of the NDAA, this post includes related resources with an emphasis on potential savings options. Defense spending increases have contributed to growing deficits but are not the main drivers. Even so, the United States has spent trillions on wars in recent decades, and defense spending is historically high.

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