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Chairman of Joint Chiefs Supports Spending 4% of GDP on Defense

Posted By Rob Bluey On April 16, 2008 @ 11:57 am In Scribe | Comments Disabled

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said yesterday he supports spending at least 4% of GDP on defense to secure America’s freedom. Mullen’s comments came during a wide-ranging speech at Heritage [1] about the state of the U.S. military and its role in the world.

In addressing a question about defense spending, Mullen said America needs to have a national debate on how much the government should spend on security in these dangerous times. The U.S. currently spends much more on leisure pursuits [2] than on national defense as Americans shell out more on pleasure trips than our government does on the armed forces.


Mullen also spoke about building the military’s global capabilities [3], winning the long war [4], fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan [5], and the progress being made in Iraq [6]. Clips from the speech are available on YouTube [7].

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URLs in this post:

[1] wide-ranging speech at Heritage: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev041508c.cfm

[2] U.S. currently spends much more on leisure pursuits: http://www.heritage.org/research/taxes/upload/alachart-defense-1p.pdf

[3] military’s global capabilities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df20w-nZiMA&feature=PlayList&p=C2F5C1B7E092D56E&index=2

[4] winning the long war: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3dBjf9UGX0&feature=PlayList&p=C2F5C1B7E092D56E&index=0

[5] fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-OpK9Sb6-A&feature=PlayList&p=C2F5C1B7E092D56E&index=3

[6] progress being made in Iraq: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tI8cGDBZsQ&feature=PlayList&p=C2F5C1B7E092D56E&index=5

[7] available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C2F5C1B7E092D56E

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