Defense spending, national security and the deficit

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Hour 1

As part of the Administration’s proposed 2012 budget the Department of Defense loses $78 billion in spending over the next five years.  Fiscal conservatives say the cuts are not deep enough given the pressure to reduce the federal deficit.  Defense hawks, on the other hand, say the cuts  threaten our national security.  Our guest, GORDON ADAMS, American University professor, takes us through the 2012 defense budget and what it means for national security, the economy and the politics of the Pentagon.  We’ll also hear from MACKENZIE EAGLEN from the Heritage Foundation who says the proposed cuts endanger our national security.

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