A congressman makes the case for making required defense cuts while still protecting the pay and benefits of currently serving members of the military.
Depending on who is doing the talking, the national defense budget is either too big or not large enough. Both sides have fair points, but what seems to be dangerously lacking from the two perspectives is a true sense of budget realities.
To those who argue the defense budget is too large, big-ticket weapons systems and overseas engagements are usually the cause for protest. Those who believe the defense budget is too small have a completely different take: The world is a dangerous place, the systems of the future are expensive and the military must always be prepared to protect U.S. interests worldwide.