Budget Decisions Press Statement
JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WASHINGTON DC
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Just a few weeks ago, we released a new defense strategy. It is a strategy that keeps America safe. It represents clear strategic choices in the context of a persistently dangerous and increasingly competitive security environment. These choices are reflected in the President s proposed defense budget for the next fiscal year. As with the strategy, the Joint Chiefs and I worked closely with the President, Secretary Panetta, and the Service Secretaries. Throughout, we made sure that the unique strengths of each Service were recognized. At the same time, we put national security above parochial interests exactly what the American people should expect from us. In the end, we prepared a budget that strikes an appropriate and necessary balance between succeeding in today s conflicts and preparing for tomorrow s. This balance accounts for real risks and real fiscal constraints. It represents a responsible investment in our nation s security.
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