‘Watershed’ $1 trillion protection funds on the horizon

Within the Home, which has a slim GOP majority, there is a recognition of the ability of the Freedom Caucus. A few of that group’s members — to whom Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., owes his job — are defying GOP orthodoxy by calling for as a lot scrutiny of Pentagon spending as of nondefense applications. 

The conservative suppose tanks, in response, have begun to advocate adjustments to make the Pentagon extra environment friendly. Their suggestions will maintain appreciable sway. 

Phony financial savings 

In the meantime, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., chairman of the Home Appropriations Protection Subcommittee, has endorsed lowering the Pentagon civilian workforce by attrition, although federal staff’ representatives are pushing again arduous at any arbitrary civilian staffing targets. 

Actual financial savings won’t come from phantom aims reminiscent of these cited by McCarthy and others — most notably what they name woke range and counter-extremism efforts on the Pentagon, which in actuality quantity to just about no cash.

As a substitute, financial savings, in the event that they arrive, could have been the fruit of arduous selections.

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