House Defense Bill Would Fail to Rebuild the Military

The Daily Signal | 7/8/2019 | Staff
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Will Coudret is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.

Frederico Bartels is a policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation's Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.

House - Armed - Services - Committee - Needs

The House Armed Services Committee needs to do more if it’s serious about continuing to rebuild the military and meeting the challenges outlined in the president’s National Defense Strategy.

It all starts with the budget. Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., has proposed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act funding our nation’s defense at $733 billion—$17 billion short of the president’s budget request.

Week - Senate - Version - Defense - Spending

Last week, the Senate passed their version of the defense spending bill by an 86-8 margin. It would provide $746.4 billion for defense, a 4.2% increase over 2019 levels.

The House should strive to meet this level of funding and be on par with the president’s request.

Amount - House - Armed - Services - Committee

The amount authorized by the House Armed Services Committee represents only a 2.4% increase over 2019, which is below the 3 to 5% above inflation growth that the bipartisan Commission on the National Defense Strategy deemed necessary.

One of the salient questions in rebuilding the military is what to do with our air power.

Senate - President - Production - F-15EX - Fighter

Both the Senate and the president have called for the production of eight initial F-15EX fighter aircraft. The House has authorized the production of two aircraft as prototypes. In order to get production beyond these initial two planes, the secretary of defense is required to submit a report to Congress detailing specific plans on how the Air Force will develop and field the new aircraft.

While it’s better choice than buying eight aircraft, but the purchase of any F-15EXs is a mistake.

John - Venable - Research - Fellow - Heritage

As stated by John Venable, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, the aircraft will be inadequate against the advancing technology of surface-to-air missiles, and will be restricted...
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