Bring Home Some Troops ($3 billion)
Significant defense savings can be achieved by simply relocating a fraction of our troops in Europe to the United States. The Cold War ended more than 20 years ago, and we no longer need to station troops in Europe to hold the line against the Soviet Union. Our European allies are some of the richest countries in the world, but we continue to subsidize their defense, with the average American paying five times as much on defense than the average European. It’s time to reexamine our troop commitment to Europe and relocating 10,000 troops to the United States is a reasonable first step.