We need to systematically reduce/wind down military spending to a reasonable level. We have competing priorities health, education and infrastructure which are holding our country back. We need to improve productivity by investing in our citizens and our labor force and prepare them for the 21st century. We need to take care of our veterans coming back from wars and get them proper health care and training for them to integrate back in the civilian life. I am all for spending and taking care of our veterans and providing the right tools for our soldiers on the front line but 1/2 a trillion dollars being feed to the great American military complex is robbing our taxpayers and unfair to all our citizens. This military industry is now a significant defence sector of the economy thanks to crony capitalism and lobbying. This is just republican approved version of government welfare except it only helps the defense companies and the legislators who eventually take on the role of "advisors" and board members at these same companies. Democrats must tie military spending reform with any welfare reforms the republican propose. We need to reduce this wasteful spending.