Do we have enemies that are using our misunderstanding of our monetary system to undermine our actual national defense?

Could they be playing on our deficit phobia that’s taken hold to subdue us?

Or is it all just innocent fraud?

While there is certainly spending on waste and fraud in the military that should be addressed, weakening our actual defense capabilities we would otherwise elect to support is an entirely different matter.

What was a serious problem has just taken on a new dimension.

The deficit terrorists are now a force that’s subverting our real defense needs.

On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 5:37 AM, Project on Defense Alternatives wrote:

Dear Warren Mosler: I am pleased to announce publication of “Debt, Deficits, and Defense: A Way Forward” by the Sustainable Defense Task Force (members listed below). The report, which is now publically accessible, identifies options for $100 billion annual savings in the US defense budget for consideration by the recently appointed deficit reduction commission.

You can access the report on the home page of the Project on Defense Alternatives here:

You will also find there a video of the briefing the Task Force held on 11 June in the US Capitol with over 100 congressional staffers, NGO leaders, and journalists in attendance.

The report concludes that, in order to find significant savings and put defense on a sustainable path, we must change how we produce military power and the ways in which we put it to use. It sees recent official reform efforts as a first step, but concludes that “they fall far short of what is possible and what is needed to put defense spending and defense strategy back in check.” The report offers suggestions for strengthening current reforms and argues that, in addition, we must rethink our military commitments and our defense strategy.

You can follow discussion of the report and other debates on US Defense Policy on the PDA Defense Strategy Review page, here

Thanks, Carl Conetta and Charles Knight – best contact: [email protected]

Sustainable Defense Task Force

– Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
– Benjamin H Friedman, Cato Institute
– William D Hartung, New America Foundation
– Christopher Hellman, National Priorities Project
– Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network
– Charles Knight, Project on Defense Alternatives
– Lawrence J Korb, Center for American Progress
– Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action
– Laicie Olson, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
– Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies
– Laura Peterson, Taxpayers for Common Sense
– Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College
– Christopher Preble, Cato Institute
– Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information