US public opinion has been one of the best leading indicators of future defense spending, both in terms of the direction of change and the magnitude of those changes.” – Steve IrwinWASHINGTON, DC – According to Gallup polling, Americans are more willing to spend tax dollars on defense now than at any other time between 9/11 and the present. No doubt this trend is driven by the conflict with ISIS, Russian aggression, international terrorism and the rise of China. In an op-ed for Defense News, president of Avascent Steve Irwin notes that Congress is curiously out of step with the country on defense spending, to their peril—and that of the nation.
When asked if they thought the US was spending “too much,” “too little” or “about the right amount” on defense, the American voting public has predicted shifts in real defense spending about two years in advance of actual changes, through polling over the past four-and-a-half decades. Current views favoring increased defense spending will likely be reflected in the voting booth come 2016. “The Budget Control Act (BCA) and sequestration represent a threat to US military capabilities and the public has picked up on this. This creates a political liability, particularly for Republican lawmakers.”
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