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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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Now You Can Take Our Defense Spending Survey

In early May the Stimson Center, together with the Program for Public Consultation and the Center for Public Integrity, highlighted several findings from our defense spending survey.  Three-quarters of respondents were willing to cut national defense, we discovered, and the average change was an 18% reduction.  That and many other detailed findings attracted a great deal of media coverage, as did a follow up analysis of how attitudes differ by different types of congressional districts.

We’re excited that our findings are continuing to inform the conversation and that there are some inklings of actual impact.  Take Wednesday’s comments from Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, about the need to “stop dramatizing” sequester.  As reported by Politico:

“The average American out there, by big percentages, wants to cut defense by twice the sequester amount,” he said, citing recent polls.

There’s no need to just read about our poll, though.  Now you can take it online.  Responses aren’t being registered, but going through it provides a firsthand understanding of the information participants saw and the way they approached their budget decisions.

The Will + Wallet team is excited to hear your thoughts on the questionnaire, and we encourage you to jump into the conversation using the Comments feature below.