You know, I think it might be a good thing to cut defense. Not to say we shouldn't spend on defense, but that would give the States some uncomfortableness that could result in the States beefing up their individual defenses... and that would be a good thing, especially as pressures from the fe[de]ral government overreach continue to mount.
Also worth noting is the Constitution only authorizes the congress to authorize spending for the Army for no more than 2 years -- this is a safety measure originally written into the Constitution: it was designed to keep the US from being entangled in long wars -- indeed the "federal army" was not a regular army, but drawn from the states and commissioned for some mission. A return to that way of operating would, IMO, be a very good thing.
You didn’t know? Generals are politicians.