Joe Biden says major defense spending cuts unlikely if he is elected president

Joe Biden says major defense spending cuts unlikely if he is elected president


Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden said recently he doesn’t foresee major reductions in defense spending if he’s elected as commander in chief, and he won’t promise a full withdrawal of troops “in the near future” from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Biden said he supported keeping a small U.S. military footprint in the region, mostly to coordinate operations against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, he told Stars & Stripes in an interview published on Thursday.

“I think we need special ops capacity to coordinate with our allies,” Mr. Biden told Stars & Stripes, which was recently saved from being shuttered as part of a Department of Defense cost-saving measure.

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Some defense spending could even rise in a Biden administration. The Pentagon “desperately” needs to focus more attention on unmanned aircraft and cyber domain operations, he said.

“I’ve met with a number of my advisers and some have suggested in certain areas the budget is going to

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