Two influential liberal groups have sent the presumptive Democratic nominee a letter pressing him to support cuts to defense programs to pay for universal preschool, relief for Americans facing foreclosure on their homes and expanded benefits for military veterans. Now Obama must balance tough talk on national security with the desires of many Democrats to slim American military power. Liberal groups and lawmakers have targeted the Department of Defenses largest acquisition program: the Joint Strike Fighter program, which will provide more than 2,000 aircraft to the Navy, Marines and Air Force. The Black Leadership Forum and LULAC wrote that cutting the program would free up $1 trillion in the federal budget. America could fund years of universal healthcare at $120 [billion] a year; we could fund universal preschool with $35 billion. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the rapid growth of defense spending compared to domestic spending in recent years is outrageous. She wants to slim defense programs and boost education and healthcare funding. TheHill.com - Left presses Obama to cut defense To cut a program like the JSF or some of the programs listed here, will not only harm this countrys defense posture for years to come, it would put the United States in a position where existing systems would not be able to compete with the ever expanding technologies of the adversaries that the US Military will face. WASHINGTON, March 3, 2008 China not only is a rising international economic power, but also is a rising military power with new and developing capabilities that have global implications, according to the 2008 China Military Power Report released today. David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, announces the release to Congress of the 2008 Defense Department Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China, during a March 3, The annual report mandated by Congress analyzes Chinas military development and strategy and says that the country spent as much as $139 billion, more than three times its announced defense budget, modernizing its military forces last year. That amount dwarfs the military budgets of Russia, Japan and South Korea, and has been the driving force behind the countrys military transformation, fueled by the acquisition of advanced foreign weapons and far-reaching organizational and doctrinal reforms. DefenseLink News Article: China Military Expansion Could Have Global Implications In come cases , US Military personnel are operating aircraft developed in the 1940's in the case of the B-52, and in the case of the US Navy's latest fighter the F-18 E/F your talking about a 4th generation fighter developed in the early 90's. In the sad case of the USAF , just now, F-22's are comming online to replace aircraft developed in the 1970's. To look at the DoD as this big potential cash cow to fund and ever growing list of social programs, shows a fundamental lack of knowledge about this nations defense posture. To even suggest making cuts in these programs while US Military forces are deployed in two different combat zones is not only short sighted, it suggests that an Obama Administration would place the US Military in a position of weakness when it desperatly needs to rebuild after years of neglect.