Analysis: Obama's military spending puts off change for another day

02/9/2010 | Economist (free content), The

The Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review warned that the U.S. needs to break with the past and take a different approach to defense, in a world in which military, economic and political power are "more diffuse." But President Barack Obama's budget pours more money into the military compared with previous presidents and embraces only peripheral policy changes, according to The Economist. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has spoken of the need to address "a broader range" of security challenges. "Yet for now, Mr. Gates reckons the most immediate factor affecting America's future security is whether it wins or loses today's wars," The Economist notes.

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