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The Right Way to Cut Defense Spending

Tinsldr2 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:56 AM
Beverly, I think you are talking apples and oranges. Rocky is talking about a contract job for a position, like a technical expert on a satellite communication system from the company that sold the Army the system. Soldiers operate the systems but there will be a contractor or two assigned to the area. Or the actual worker on a technical computer system (not just a regular Windows/Office computer) might be a Soldier but a Contractor with more detailed technical knowledge will be there to help. The same with many non-technical jobs, A contractor to clean portable latrines in a field or deployed site can free up Soldiers to focus on combat duties. Not sure what you did, but contractors save money, and perform to standards
Republicans, and many Democrats, are upset by the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the nation's defense budget. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is so alarmed that the day before the Senate took up what became the "fiscal cliff" agreement, he called a key Republican lawmaker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to express deep concern that the cuts might go into effect. As it turned out, Congress put them off for two months.

Sequestration would force the government to reduce discretionary spending by about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Roughly half of that, or $600 billion, would come from defense -- a...