Report challenges key Pentagon spending assumption

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RSaltyDog wrote:

Defense experts AKA defense contractors.

Nov 27, 2012 9:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:

Too much defense money goes into our congressmen’s pockets. We are supporting a gigantic military-industrial complex that has expanded beyond imagining..

Nov 27, 2012 9:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sonnyjc9 wrote:

Readiness or R&D? After every conflict we gut the military across the board then wonder why we always get caught with our pants around our ankles and our butts hanging in the breeze. But hey, saves money better put in some Senator’s or Representative’s pocket right!

Nov 27, 2012 11:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jeromekjerome wrote:

Sequestration will turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to the military, not to mention the treasury.

Nov 28, 2012 5:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Brent1023 wrote:

Fantastic inability of people to see reality here.
Long range bombers – and the mission is?
The US spends almost as much as the rest of the planet on defence and the military claims it has been cut to the bone.
A civil war is raging in Syria and the US is unable to intervene between the two side. Civil wars all across Africa and no hint of intervention. The $600 billion dollar military that is unable to do anything. Its enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan spend in the millions and defeat it.
Given its success/failure record and its repeated use in wars in which it should not have been involved, the military is both to big and too small. It is building equipment for wars that will never happen, whether the equipment was in place or not. Building F-35s that won’t fly and buying drones from Israel that do work.
The interest on the debt incurred to fight wars over the last 15 years is $450 billion a year.
Completely out of control and not showing any signs of change.
Perhaps the solution is to cut it to near nothing and start all over again.

Nov 28, 2012 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mutantone wrote:

Last time they did that was after WWI then came WWII when we found out how woefully ill-prepared we were. The same is set to occur once again. Cut and spend on pet projects no on the issues that count for our nations defences against Iran or China and lets not forget Russia is still a player in the game of statesmanship. Setting the Republic up for an attack with greater numbers of casualties, sort of like downplaying the Iranian Nuclear capabilities, are not that much to worry about. They only have enough for a warhead that is four to five times greater than our Hiroshima bomb. No big deal after all where will they target such a small weapon?

Nov 28, 2012 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheDeuceman wrote:

Essentially this is an exercise in asking the fox if the farmer needs to add any more chickens to the hen house. As I have been led to believe over the years, the military is run by the military brass but it is focused by elected civilian oversight. There is no elected civilian oversight in these recommendations. It is “a military of the military, by the military, and for the military.” All they want from the civilian side of the coin is continued funding…even in view of current law and current dire financial conditions. Talk about a self perpetuating bureaucracy.

Darrow…for the Prosecution

Nov 29, 2012 1:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheDeuceman wrote:

Essentially this is an exercise in asking the fox if the farmer needs to add any more chickens to the hen house. As I have been led to believe over the years, the military is run by the military brass but it is focused by elected civilian oversight. There is no elected civilian oversight in these recommendations. It is “a military of the military, by the military, and for the military.” All they want from the civilian side of the coin is continued funding…even in view of current law and current dire financial conditions. Talk about a self perpetuating bureaucracy.

Darrow…for the Prosecution

Nov 29, 2012 1:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheDeuceman wrote:

Essentially this is an exercise in asking the fox if the farmer needs to add any more chickens to the hen house. As I have been led to believe over the years, the military is run by the military brass but it is focused by elected civilian oversight. There is no elected civilian oversight in these recommendations. It is “a military of the military, by the military, and for the military.” All they want from the civilian side of the coin is continued funding…even in view of current law and current dire financial conditions. Talk about a self perpetuating bureaucracy.

Darrow…for the Prosecution

Nov 29, 2012 1:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
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