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“Modest reforms to pay and compensation will improve readiness and modernization. It will help keep our all-volunteer force sustainable and strong. Keeping faith also means investing sufficient resources so that we can uphold our sacred obligations to defend the nation and to send our sons and daughters to war with only the best training, leadership and equipment. We can’t shrink from our obligations to one another. The stakes are too high.”

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

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New Survey Released

Today Stimson’s project on budgeting for foreign affairs and defense, together with the Program for Public Consultation and the Center for Public Integrity, is releasing a new and innovative survey of Americans’ attitudes on defense spending.  Rather than posing the simple question of whether defense spending should change, this poll subdivided the budget into its air, ground, and naval components; explained each part; and exposed respondents to the relevant debate before asking them what they wished to spend in a given area. 

Three-quarters of those polled cut spending below the 2012 appropriation.  Together their changes correspond to a budget similar to, but stricter than, the Pentagon’s vision in its new strategy.  National defense spending clearly is still on the negotiating table whenever Congress and the administration return to it, which likely will be in November, as we’ve said on many occasions.

For more information on the survey, join us for the release event this morning at 10:00, sign up for our live chat this afternoon at 2:00, or just stay tuned to The Will and the Wallet.  We’ll update this post with a hyperlink to the report once its release is official and will be blogging on its results for the days to come.