The U.S. needs to increase defense spending if it wants to show the world that "we are serious," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. "The world is watching," Thornberry said this week of the U.S. defense budget, adding that Russia and China both may be encouraged toward aggression if they see U.S. defense investment slide. "Putting our money where our mouth is is a strategic imperative regardless of the numbers," Thornberry said.

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