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Mitt Romney won’t release most of his tax returns. Nor will
he give voters specifics on how he plans to make his tax cutting plan
“revenue neutral.” But when it comes to national defense he has offered
voters astonishing specificity. In a policy memo released by the Romney
campaign on July 24, the former Massachusetts Governor committed
himself—during his first 100 days in office—to “Reverse Obama-era
defense spending cuts with the goal of setting a core defense spending
floor of 4% of GDP…[and] put our Navy on the path to increase its
shipbuilding rate from nine per year to approximately fifteen per
year…[and] maintain a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers.” Romney spoke on
the subject again on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute.