The 2017 NDAA Should Begin Rebuilding America’s Military

It is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that the armed forces have the capacity and capability to protect the nation’s vital interests. Congress should specifically preserve military capacity and maintain options so that the next President can grow the military and improve American security. The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) should focus on building a stronger military that can better protect America while bolstering partnerships with friends and allies around the world.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill that sets policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Defense. Years of budget cuts have resulted in a smaller and weaker military. The overarching priority for the NDAA should be rebuilding America’s military power. Part of rebuilding the military is getting rid of ineffective policies implemented by Congress or the Administration, while avoiding new policies that might hurt national security. While all the recommendations contained in this paper would, combined, not immediately produce a strong U.S. military, they will, at least, put the military back on the right track.

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