Behind the curtain: Vivek Ramaswamy goes after U.S. defense budget

by John Hanna

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GOP primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has claimed that most of the United States military defense budget has been misallocated. Ramaswamy calls the Biden administration’s national security “self-serving” and expressed concerns over the United States’ preparedness if the country should go to nuclear war with Russia. 

According to Ramaswamy, “The dirty little secret is that much of our military defense spending in the last several decades has not actually gone to military defense.”

Furthermore, Ramaswamy worries that Biden is “sleepwalking us into potential nuclear conflict with Russia.” Ramaswamy’s claims are bold but not unfounded since Russia maintains close ties with China.

It is worth noting the current White House Budget allocates $37.7 billion dollars to the Department of Defense to maintain a strong nuclear deterrent as a foundation for the security of the United States and its allies. These security measures include but are not limited to the U.S. nuclear triad, NATO strategic deterrence, and US nuclear program updates.

This amount is bolstered by Biden’s signing of the Fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which gave the Department of Defense another $816.7 billion dollars. The purpose of the act is to combat inflation, accelerate the implementation of the National Defense Strategy. It is worth noting that the act also provided $45 billion dollars extra than was previously expected by the Department of Defense. 

Ramaswamy says if he wins the nomination and is elected president, he has plans to implement a different defense strategy for the U.S. Ramaswamy’s policy is reminiscent of the famous Monroe Doctrine and Trump’s America First philosophy.

Ramaswamy envisions modernizing American security measures, with the intent of protecting the homeland first and protecting American allies second.

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