America’s military is only marginally ready to serve the country’s national interests (photo: dpa)

Cutting US defence spending raises stakes in world’s hotspots

Some argue America is spending too much on defence. Others say it is not enough. But US defence spending cuts mean its state of ‘readiness’ is compromised. This has meant US allies feel their security is threatened as the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe become geopolitical hotspots as America could be perceived to be over-stretched in its ability to control aggressor nations, writes GIS guest expert Dakota Wood.

AMERICA is spending nearly US$500 billion to sustain normal daily running costs for its defence department and the military services during 2015.

This includes salaries, weapons procurement, training and exercises, and healthcare, and a further US$80 bill...

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Critics of this level of spending come from opposite directions - too much or too little. Those who say it is too much view nearly US$600 billion as sustaining a militarised foreign policy which prefers intervention
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