Congress should revive the National Defense Panel

Congress should revive the National Defense Panel as a safeguard against a defense review where the outcome has been predetermined by spending restraints. Indeed, when the QDR legislation was first passed, the blue-ribbon NDP was intended to be a permanent congressional check and balance. In the mid-1990s, the Congress had no one confidence in the Clinton Administration’s budget-first, strategy-after process, and there’s no reason the Congress should accept it from the Obama Administration. The constitutional responsibility for funding the American military rests with Congress, and it should get a considered second opinion before it blindly follows the new president’s first guess on how to reshape and reduce the military.

from Resistance on Defense Cuts Takes Shape in the Senate, by Michael Goldfarb, Weekly Standard blog, 01 May 2009.

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