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Today on Your Call: What’s in the Federal Defense Budget?

  On the next Your Call we’ll take a look at military spending.  If confirmed, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, will have to make massive cuts to the existing defense budget in the face of record deficits.  But the projected budget for 2013 is still a staggering $616 billion.  So how is that money being spent?  And who is calling the shots?  Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here.  What do you want to know about US military spending?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and You.

William Hartung, director of Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy

Christopher Hellman, Military Policy Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute


The Military Industrial Complex

Washington Post: America’s staggering defense budget, in charts

Huffington Post: Fiscal Cliff: Military Begins Planning For Massive Budget Cuts

Chris Hellman, The Nation: How Much Does Washington Spend on 'Defense'?

Chris Preble, Cato Insitute: The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free

Chris Preble, Cato Insitute: The Military-Industrial Complex’s Waning Political Influence

Chris Preble, Cato Insitute: Chuck Hagel Would Be an Excellent Secretary of Defense

Chris Preble, Cato Insitute: Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint

William Hartung, New America Foundation: Throwing Money at the Pentagon: A Lesson in Republican Math

William Hartung, Center for International Policy: Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

William Hartung, Center for International Policy: Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator

William Hartung, Center for International Policy: Four Reasons Chuck Hagel Would Be a Good Secretary of Defense