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150 Retired Generals Urge Congress Not to Cut Spending on Diplomacy

150 Retired Generals Urge Congress Not to Cut Spending on Diplomacy
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By    |   Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:20 PM

More than 150 retired generals signed a letter sent to congressional leaders Sunday urging them not to reduce diplomatic spending, the Washington Examiner has reported.

The sending of the letter from the three- and four-star generals, organized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, came a day before President Donald Trump is expected to release fiscal year 2019 budget requests.

"Today, nearly 30 million people risk starvation in four countries where we also face the growing threat of violent extremism," the letter said. "And while we have seen military progress against ISIS, the question that looms is whether we are prepared to protect those battlefield gains and prevent bad actors from stepping into the void."

The letter emphasized that "Today's crises do not have military solutions alone, yet America's essential civilian national security agencies — the State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and other development agencies — faced a significant cut last year."

The generals warned that "Many senior leadership positions remain unfilled, undercutting America's global influence. We call on you to ensure our nation also has the civilian resources necessary to protect our national security, compete against our adversaries, and create opportunities around the world."

The State Department's civilian workforce decreased by more than 6 percent during the first eight months of the Trump administration, according to a report in Government Executive a few days ago.

Generals wrote a similar letter to congressmen last year, in which they urged the legislators not to reduce funds for what they said were vital foreign affairs programs.

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