With trillions of dollars being spent to battle the COVID-19 pandemic along with the next Pentagon budget topping out at more than $740 billion, now is an opportune moment to reassess what the federal government is spending money on, a panel of Washington, D.C. policy analysts said Wednesday.

Jonathan Bydlak, director of R Street Institute’s fiscal and budget policy project, said he comes at the issue from a fiscally conservative perspective.

“There’s a notion out there, and I think it’s a legitimate one, that everything needs to be on the table. What are we paying and what are we getting in return?” Mr. Bydlak said. “Sometimes that framework is not applied to the Pentagon in quite as rigorous a way.”

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