10 percent. Sounds at first like a significant increase. Whether it truly is, however, depends on context. To what shall we compare this number? And does it address our needs?
The answer is no. For we are speaking of America's defense spending, which has been gutted from budget sequestration and is inadequate to the scale of the threats our country faces.
"I am sending Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history," President Trump said this week. It's a worthy goal—and an absolutely necessary one.