Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Obama's cuts to DOD

Republicans who squeal about Obama's military cuts but refuse to consider new revenue sources simply have no ground to stand on. 
Obama's proposed $489 billion 10yr reduction in spending is proportionate and necessary. In the context of America's fiscal crisis, it is the right time for major but force-beneficial changes to US military spending. Inefficiencies in terms of procurement, force structure, force deployments and administration all contribute to a defence budget that is currently cost unsustainable. At the same time, these expenditures are producing capabilities that are often insufficiently robust and often unsuited to US policy imperatives - Consider the continuing problems with the F-35 and the V-22 Osprey. The New York Times has a great analysis piece on where savings could be found.

 I am a firm supporter of a strong military but even I found over $550 billion in potential cuts. Republicans need to be honest about the fiscal difficulties we face. We need to cut spending across the board.

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