Mr. Ryan's budget calls for $560.2 billion in defense spending in 2014, roughly $100 billion less than the 4% formula. Over 10 years, he would spend at least $2.3 trillion less on defense than he and Mr. Romney advocated.
A week after Rand Paul's filibuster, another sign of the emerging GOP shift on policies marketed as "defense." A true Department of Defense would be a lot smaller than what Ryan has on the table. The Founders didn't euphemize -- they called it the Department of War.
Slowing the growth of the M-IC will require more than converting old-school Republicans, since plenty of Democrats (including some close to home) are military Keynesians.