Who is after us that we need to spend more on defense the the rest of the world combined? Just who do we fear? Aren't we the shining light on a hill that the world admires and respects? Have our friends deserted us and while our enemies joined forces to destroy us? Why do we continue to waste our resources on bogeymen that don't exist? Are we a fearful and uncertain nation that must hide behind the skirts of overwhelming military force?
The biggest competitive threat that we currently face in the world today is an economic one. That is the battle we are losing, not the arms race. As we try to get our fiscal house in order we need to assess the military threats and reduce our defense expenditures accordingly. China is the biggest challenge to our military superiority. We currently outspend them by a factor of 5 to 1. If we take into account the strength of our allies spending vs China allies we increase that advantage by a huge factor. Who after all are the military allies of the Chinese?
Could not we contain the Chinese threat with only spending twice what they spend?
Cut the national defense budget and Cap it at twice the amount of our only real military competitor. Balance our need for defense against the very real economic calamities that we see coming over the horizon.. Reduce our defense industries and replace them with investments in infrastructure. We can win the future. But to do that we fight the right battles.