Foreign and Defense Policy

Eyes in the sky threatened by defense cuts

Marc, your post on the Iranian missile base explosion contained pictures from two satellite companies, GeoEye and DigitalGlobe. These firms provide valuable imaging services to the military and intelligence community (with enormous spillover benefits for the broader technology sector). They are also part of an important program, EnhancedView, that is threatened by the huge defense budget cuts proposed by too many in both parties.

AEI’s late/great Herb Stein used to say of the federal budget: “figure out how much it will cost to defend the country, pay for it, and then see how much money is left for everything else.” We need more folks on Capitol Hill these days who appreciate that bit of wisdom.

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