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Mattis: Cutting defense will not help deficit

from Defense News

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis threw his weight behind an op-ed from two top Republicans calling for greater funding for the Defense Department — and lining himself against Trump administration guidance to cut fiscal year 2020 defense spending. "Fiscal solvency and strategic solvency can co-exist," Mattis said at the Reagan National Defense Forum. In a Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Don't cut military spending, Mr. President," Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Calif., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., warned that a smaller defense budget won't have a major impact on fixing the national deficit, but would have painful repercussions on military equipment and end strength. more

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