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Defense Department to Economize to Fund War
Reuters news reported that the Obama administration's core national defense budget request for fiscal 2011 was $548.9 billion, but that does not include the costs of fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, estimated to increase up 1.8 percent from the current year.
The New York Times on June 3 summarized the cuts ordered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as follows: During fiscal year 2012, the departments of the Army, Air Force, and Navy — which includes the Marine Corps — must each reduce expenditures by $2 billion, with the remainder of the Defense Department to reduce spending by $1 billion. By 2016, each branch department must reduce spending by $10 billion, with $7 billion in cuts for the rest of the Defense Department.
“You are not going to be able to do it just on pure efficiencies,” Secretary Lynn said. “You are going to have to eliminate lower-priority programs. You are going to have to find headquarters that you don’t think you need. You are going to have to find staffs that you think you can cut.”
The Times reported that the Defense Secretary has set a deadline of July 31 for receiving data from underlings on which programs and personnel can be cut, along with a description of savings in management practices to be included in the Defense budget proposal for the next fiscal year, 2012. Two-thirds of the ordered savings must be an actual money transfer from noncombat accounts to the war-fighting budget, while one-third can be found in running operations more efficiently, eliminating redundant operations, and overhead.
Read more: The New American
Hey, I got a wild idea for saving money for the Defence Department: Get outta all of those stupid wars, bring our troops home and stop picking fights with other countries! Heck, with an idea like that, it would save trillions.
Originally posted by adamo21
You guys are missing the entire #ing point!!!!
They are DISMANTELLING OUR MILITARY and giving Israel $2 BILLION!!!!
Israels military is INCREASING and ours is DECREASING!!!
This is EXACTLY how they took out the soviet union. They are literally DESTROYING our country. we have to start our own banks NOW the revolution must happen NOW or we and our country is GONE.....
WAKE THE # UP, TELL EVERYONE YOU #ING KNOW!!!!!
Originally posted by neo96
i would double the defense and intel budgets without them there also is no us