According to two former defense officials, if the Biden administration and Congress push their plan to cut Pentagon’s budget, weapons instead of troops should be cut down. Specifically, John Ferrari suggests to change the focus and move to a more special operations model of thinking. According to him and Elaine McCusker, the Defense Department’s budget should grow by 3 to 5 percent beyond inflation, which means that a 5 percent annual increase would make the DoD’s budget to $1 trillion by 2027. Unluckily, the budget increase is next to impossible due to the increasing federal deficit even before trillion-dollar pandemic relief efforts.
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