Moneyball for defense spending?

For the first time in a long time, it’s not just far-left politicians who are calling for cuts to the defense budget: It’s far-right politicians, too.

In order to win enough support to become House speaker, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) cut a deal in January with hard-right members of his party to support a cap on all new discretionary spending at fiscal 2022 levels. That would freeze the Pentagon’s portion of defense spending at $740 billion, compared to the current budget of $816 billion, a cut of roughly $76 billion.

While a solid bipartisan majority in both houses supports
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