Raise taxes, cut Medicare, cut Social Security, cut all unnecessary defense spending, lower military pay, institute the draft. Do you know how expensive it would be to re-institute the draft? What benefit is there to have a bunch of low paid positions that no one wants to be forced into? Instead, I'd suggest making the military more professional. Merge the Marines into the Army, and make it a specialized branch. Cut the numbers of troops overall. Make the selection process more difficult, but the benefits more attractive. In short, LAPD SAWT officers probably make $70,000 a year, depending on experience. Imagine a professional Army of roughly the same composition, both men and women. Instead of a general force of 480,000, make it 80,000 total where each soldier is highly specialized within their field. Then have additional concentrated disciplines within that pool- marine, airborne, special forces, counter-terrorism, etc... Transition the excess base capacity. There would probably be no more than 4-5 general ranks needed, some colonels, and then logical rank progression down from there. I'd keep the carrier battle group concept in the Navy, but scale back the numbers. Drop most of the submarine fleet, except a few for the responsive nuclear force mentioned above. The Air Force would focus on specialized bombers, airlift, and air superiority. No more missile silos. Give space completely over to NASA, even if it means having a specialized division within it to handle defensive concerns. I'd then keep the Reserves and National Guard to offer part-time experience to those who are interested and keep a pool for disaster relief, humanitarian missions, riots and state emergencies and so on... None of the above is ever going to happen, of course.