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Department of Defense Ordered to Make 5% Budget Cut

November 7, 2018

Episode Notes:

The Trump Administration has directed all federal agencies and departments to make 5% budget cuts. This includes the Department of Defense whose officials assert it needs 2 to 3% growth above inflation to fund its current requirements. Susanna Blume, Senior Fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, clarifies what is happening and what to expect. (11 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:48 ] The question: How much is enough?
[ 2:50 ] More than mere accounting
[ 4:05 ] Where we should make the cuts
[ 6:33 ] Mechanisms that agencies may use to circumvent
[ 7:55 ] How will the recent shift in Congress affect outcomes?