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Romney Must Show He Will Get Down to Business on Defense

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- National defense is traditionally a Republican strength in U.S. presidential elections. Although conventional wisdom holds that this year’s contest will be won or lost on the domestic economy, defense can still be a winning issue for Republicans -- if Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, can apply some of the expertise he gained in the private sector to the military budget.

So far, Romney has done nothing to set aflutter the heart of a defense wonk. He has lamely excoriated President Barack Obama for trying to “slash” the defense budget by nearly $500 billion over the next decade -- cuts that were actually mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 approved by Congress.