Increasing Military Spending is Imperative to National Security


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John Ely and Isaiah Gaines

In a recent conference with President Donald Trump, he proposed a $54 Billion increase in military spending and an equal cut in budgets from other programs such as education, the environment, and poverty. Although these programs will be receiving less money from the government, it is imperative that the government protects the US during these disconcerting times.

Trump plans to use this increase in the budget to expand the Navy and Airforce by building more ships and planes, while also strengthening the Army and Marines with new and more effective weaponry.  In addition to this, he hopes to train more local security forces in war stricken countries to help combat ISIS.

The statement Trump made of a $54 Billion increase is not completely accurate. The true amount would be substantially less, however, any increase in the defense budget is one towards the right path. The world right now is in a dangerous position and the US and its allies are always being threatened from terrorist groups. Increasing the budget will only help protect the US and the people who call it home.

Although Trump has stated he would increase the defense budget by $54 billion, the more accurate increase would be around $18 billion, which is just 3% above Barack Obama’s defense budget. Many people, however, do not know about the actual increase if the budget were in fact raised. Therefore, those opposing Trump only have his statement to work with. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, is annoyed by this discrepancy.

“President Obama’s defense budget, which has left our military underfunded, undersized, and unready to confront threats to our national security,” McCain said. “With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama’s budget. We can and must do better.”

“With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama’s budget. We can and must do better.””

— John McCain

A White House budget official who helped outline the plan on a phone call with reporters said the administration would propose “increasing defense by $54 billion or 10 percent.” That represents the magnitude of the increase over budget caps Congress put in place in 2011. On the other hand, White House government budget director Mick Mulvaney said the plan would bring the Pentagon’s budget to $603 billion in total, just 3 percent more than the $584 billion the agency spent in the most recent fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, 2016.

In the end, defense spending is imperative for the US and this slight increase in the budget will only help the US. We are living in times that are filled with conflict and fear, and the best way to ensure the safety for our country’s citizens is to create a strong defense.