As a thirty year vet who also worked with finances and program management, I can tell you that the President and other bureaucrats look at the balance sheet and say that labor costs are our main problem. If DoD needs to cut, they need to cut back on black hole programs that don't produce results. They also need to go after the Washington D.C. DoD infrastructure that is made up of politicians, bureaucrats and contractors (including lobbyists) ... the taxpayer foots the bill on all of it. Re-institute the base realignment and closure process. With that said, the same needs to be applied to DHS, DHHS, Dept of Education, Dept of Ag, and every other Federal Agency. Finally, cut the Executive Office 50 percent ... tired of O flying everywhere.