posted on Aug, 1 2012 @ 05:03 PM
A top Pentagon official warned Congress on Wednesday that sequestration would be a “major step” to creating “an unready, hollow” military
force... Carter said the across-the-board cuts would require the Pentagon to “substantially modify and scale back the new defense strategy...
Carter said that sequestration would introduce “senseless chaos” into the management of defense programs. He said it would result in less training
for military units, including some later-deploying units to Afghanistan... In the 2013 budget, Carter said sequestration would lead to the Pentagon
buying four fewer F-35 fighters, one fewer P-8 aircraft, 12 fewer Stryker vehicles and 300 fewer Army medium and heavy tactical vehicles.
The Pentagon sees that the gravy train is coming to a screeching halt, and they are not happy about it, basically complaining "but we won't be able
to afford to buy new toys!"
I think it's good that the DoD will finally be forced to face the same economic reality as the rest of the country. The DoD is like a PCP junkie who
has had a non-stop flow of junk for about a decade now, and their supply is about to be abruptly cut off. Of course they are going to whine and throw
a hissy fit and make it seem like the end of the world.
Maybe when this new reality hits, it will finally become clear to the DoD that perpetual war is simply unsustainable. Maybe it will mean we have to
choose our battles more carefully. Maybe it will force us to use different strategies to resolve conflicts. Maybe it will change the practice of
military defense to be more in line with the common sense understanding of the word "defense."
OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on Tuesday issued guidance to federal agencies that it would begin consulting with them about implementing
the sequester and announced that military personnel account would be exempted from the cuts...
We will still have military manpower, but they just will not have as much access to weapons or combat training or international deployment. They
would be "unready and hollow" in terms of aggressive military ability, but they would still have basic training and discipline. I'm sure we could
find something for a large organization of physically fit, disciplined individuals to do inside our own borders. For instance when I was in the
Marine Corps and not on a deployment, we were conducting "Operation: Beautification." Cleaning, maintenance, improvements. Maybe we could initiate
Operation: Beautification on a country-wide level.
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