There are a couple of important considerations here. First, I, and I think many other citizens would have a much easier time supporting annual NDAA proposals if the Department of Defense was subject to the same fiscal audit and accountability processes as every other federal department and program. As it stands currently, the DoD is exempt from such oversight and multiple policy studies have demonstrated that billions (BILLIONS) of dollars in budget discrepancies occur EVERY YEAR. If they want my money, I expect they should prove that they can manage it better than my 6-year old. A second point is that the greatest threats to our national security are now internal, rather than external. Economic anxiety, diminishing prospects and outcomes for our children and young adults, declining communities and deteriorating neighborhoods are exacerbating social tensions at an escalating pace that is degrading the quality of our civil discourse. Even a 5% reduction in our DoD budget over the course of 4 years could tremendously ameliorate many, if not all of these issues and still leave us with a military that is many times over larger and more capable than then next ten nations combined.