President Trump Wants To Boost Military Spending. But Is It Worth It?

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U.S. special forces monitor as Iraqi forces advance on Feb. 23, 2017, toward Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold prior to entering the airport compound for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. already spends more than $500 billion on the military, which is more than the next seven countries combined. As a candidate, and now as president, Donald Trump has argued that the military is “depleted.” He wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson asks security analyst Kathleen Hicks (@kath_hicks) if the new spending is warranted.

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