The administration’s five-year budget plan shows overall defense spending dropping from $692.7 billion in 2010 to $620.5 billion in 2011. It is banking on reduced war costs in Iraq to achieve the reduction.
The White House is cool toward any further Afghan escalation.
Mr. Cordesman rebuked the administration for making dismissive remarks about a troop increase before it sees Gen. McChrystal’s report. National Security Adviser James L. Jones said on Sunday’s talk shows that it is too soon to consider such increases.
“Quite frankly, it would probably be just as well if people in the National Security Council and the White House made their judgments after they get the assessment they need rather than try to resource constrain an assessment in a way that can lose the war,” he said.
Eli Lake contributed to this report.
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