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The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease
Credit Niv Bavarsky
nytimes.com - by MICHAEL T. OSTERHOLM and MARK OLSHAKER
March 24, 2017
While the Trump administration is proposing significantly increased military spending to enhance our national security, it seems to have lost sight of the greatest national security threat of all: our fight against infectious disease.
We already spend far more on our military than any other country in the world. To help pay for the increases, President Trump wants to cut back many federal programs, including those that prepare us to wage war against microbes, the greatest and most lethal enemy we are ever likely to face. This is where “defense spending” needs to increase, significantly.