Two Sides of the Coin

Posted on October 31, 2011

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I present to you two sides of the coin when it comes to defense spending and the national budget. I am beginning to believe sequestration is necessary to get the defense budget in order…(Lockheed 4QFY11 revenue rose 7% to $12b, Northrop $500m, General Dynamics $600m in a “down economy”)

The Hill

Our greatest threat isn’t China, it’s continuing to waste hundreds of billions of dollars on corrupt contractors, overpriced and underperforming weapons systems, and the DoD’s top-heavy force structure. By using myths and half-truths to conceal these very real problems, opponents of reductions in defense spending condone military inefficiencies that threaten our economic and national security.

The Post

By itself, defense spending does not ensure that our national power will be wisely or effectively deployed. This depends on our civilian and military leaders. But squeezing defense will limit these leaders’ choices and expose U.S. troops to greater risk. Those who advocate deep cuts need to specify which goals — combating cyber warfare, countering China, fighting terrorism — should be curtailed. Would that be good for us? The world?

America’s military advantage stems from advanced technology and intensive troop training. Obama repeatedly pledges to maintain America’s strength, but the existing cuts may do otherwise. Even before these, defense spending was headed below 3 percent of national income, the lowest level since 1940. The need to maintain an adequate military is another reason why spending on social programs needs to be cut and taxes need to be raised.

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