Irresponsible defense cuts are threatening to leave the U.S. military unprepared to respond to threats in Russia, Latin America and the Middle East, writes former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in this op-ed. "The right way to reduce the defense budget is to provide stable, long-term funding, outlining the savings that will be achieved over a set time period," he writes, arguing that the secretary of defense should have greater authority in guiding spending reductions.

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