Discussion in 'Military' started by ginscpy, Nov 25, 2011.
just the pits
get hin outa here
US will have the smallest army since 1940
Smalest navy since 1915
Smallest AF ever
Per Leon Panetta - Sec of Defense
Good. I have worked in the defense industry, as military and civilian, since 1985. The waste and redundancy is out of hand.
Iran, Russia and China have reason to celebrate.
But, then, that's obama's point.
My dad had a saying for when people let their guards down (which makes them susceptible to predators):
"We're gettin' soft."
He did 3 tours in the service--WWII, Korea, Operation Snowbird (Cold War) Then he became a teacher, a coach, a school superintendent, and back to teaching. He didn't think getting soft was a good idea.
how much do all the other countries spend?
No it's not.
US defense spending as a percentage of GDP is about half of what is was in the 1960s. The US ranks 8th worldwide in defense spending as a percentage of GDP. I agree that there is plenty of room for cuts in DOD. We pay out a lot on lazy contractors for example. The global obligations of the US military require lots of money. What other countries spend on defense has nothing to do with what this country has to spend in order to protect itself.
No fair salt, ganging up on me with truthmatters like that. You two are an awesome force.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and this may be, for all the wrong reasons, just what the Pentagon needs. We are quick to deploy our military but take too long to decide when to pull it back. This cut will force the military to think outside the box, something it has been too stubborn to do since the end of the Cold War. I'm not talking tactics; I'm talking national strategy. I know that the tactics have evolved. However, the Big Picture national strategy has not.
So we'll have to wait and see. Throwing money at it was never a smart thing; perhaps taking some of it away may actually do some good.
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