More Calls for Less Defense Spending
Yikes. The drumbeat to cut defense spending is getting louder.
Now comes the Boston Globe with a story about the Defense Business Board, an internal oversight organization at the Pentagon, and its recommendation that the government "slash some of the nation's most costly and troubled weapons to ensure they can finance the military's most pressing priorities."
"'Business as usual is no longer an option,' according to one of the internal briefings prepared in late October for the presidential transition, copies of which were provided to the Globe. 'The current and future fiscal environments facing the department demand bold action.'"
Apparently no programs were mentioned by name. But there's no secret about some of the possible big budget targets, including the new F-35 fighter jet, Future Combat Systems, etc.
Will the move for cuts actually get traction after an eight-year run of extraordinary increases?
Here's an answer from a defense-monitoring group, as reported by the Globe:
"The forces arrayed against terminating defense programs are today so powerful that if you try to do that it will be like the British Army at the Somme in World War I," said Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the liberal Center for Defense Information. "You will just get mowed down by the defense industry and military services' machine guns."
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