Here is a summary of what must be done. Over the next few weeks we will deal with how to accomplish each point.
· We must eliminate the expenses of unneeded systems and we must be sure we have the best possible of what we do need.
· Today our military must be prepared to deter a nuclear attack; when possession and proliferation are outlawed we must take the lead with enforcement.
· We need a mobile, well trained and well equipped active armed force to deal with violent transnational ideological groups such as al-Qaida as well as guerillas, insurgents or rogue states.
· We should have a ready reserve force, also well-trained and equipped, to supplement regular forces if necessary.
· We need plans and counter measures to offset our enemies’ possession of Stinger-type missiles and IEDs.
· We need to know who potential enemies are and their intentions.
· We must secure our use of the Internet.
· We must ensure that our citizens can live in their homes and travel without fear of attack.
These are our needs. Our military spending should be capped when they are met—Berkley Bedell and Jim Frost.