Zakheim was responding in part to a brief by the Stimson
Center, which pointed out that the OCO was shrinking, but not as fast as the
United States was pulling out troops. The argument goes round and round – some
contend that the military has already been “reset.”
Congress is scrutinizing the request all week, including
Wednesday. The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the subject
Wednesday, where Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. referred to OCO as a “slush fund”
bedeviled by waste. It all fits into a larger debate about what would happen to
the military if OCO went away.
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