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Defense Spending Cuts Threaten 10% of Pentagon Budget

Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 11:51 PM
It seems that Marc H and Lady Wolverine are trapped in a time warp. They do not seem to understand that the world has changed considerably since the height of the Cold War. We are no longer facing the threat of world domination by the communists. Except on college campuses and in Washington DC, communism is dead. Since the world has changed, it is time to reevaluate DOD's mission. We don't need to spend like we did at the height of the Cold War. We no longer have to defend our competitors lest they succumb to the armed might of the reds. We won that war. It is time to meet a new threat -- the threat of economic disaster caused by overspending. And that means we need to make cuts in the DOD budget. No one is talking about leaving
Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 11:54 PM
the US defenseless. We are talking about taking a long hard look at how we spend our defense dollars and seeing where we can safely make cuts. And only a damned fool thinks we cannot make cuts.

For instance, the USSR is dead. It has been for decades. Why do we defend Germany -- a country with a strong economy that competes with US manufacturers -- against a country that no longer exists? Does that even begin to make sense?
The sequestration that was averted in the January 1 fiscal cliff legislation will still threaten a significant portion of the Pentagon's budget. Sequestration has been postponed, not avoided.

On March 1, there are still $45 billion of cuts to the Department of Defense scheduled to take place. Those looming cuts are already altering the Pentagon's administration and decisionmaking. As Comptroller Robert Hale said:

"We face a lot of uncertainty," Hale said. "We find ourselves balancing a lot of costs and risks."

The Pentagon comptroller also said the department was likely to be delayed in...