United States Defence and Security Report Q1 2014
BMI’s United States defence and security report examines the posture of the US armed forces, defence political decision making, the country’s military industries and the US defence community in general.
One of the major challenges currently facing the US relates to its defence budget. Defence spending in the United States is under severe pressure from the US Congress. Over 13 years of uninterrupted conflict in Afghanistan, coupled with prolonged military operations in Iraq, and shorter expeditionary campaigns in Libya, plus other worldwide US military obligations have resulted in the high levels of defence spending witnessed by the Pentagon today. In addition, these spending increases have occurred during a period of unprecedented financial pressure in the United States which has resulted in a severe contraction of consumer spending triggered by the financial crisis and the corresponding need for the government to reduce its spending levels.
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