Defense Spending Cuts

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Defense Spending Cuts
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:05pm

I guess this new administration is serious about cutting spending and reducing the deficit.

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:53pm

I dont agree with your introduction to the article.


Now, for the story...this one hits close to home because, it hits close to home. I am away from home now visiting colleges with our kids, but I bet this one is being covered big time there now.


How do I feel about it? Not surprised. Knew he would start cutting defense. I dont know enough to say if it will impact the armed forces. That, to me, is what matters. If thhis can be cut and if the ability of our armed forces to fight

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Mon, 08-09-2010 - 11:26pm

I don't think this is any kind of payback for the area because of their opposition to the president. Robert Gates has analyzed this and made these suggestions. He was George Bush's Secretary of Defense, a position he now holds in the new administration. Gates is so right-wing that he was implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal. I seriously doubt that he has suddenly become liberal and now wants to get back at heavily-conservative parts of the country. Rather, I think that the drum beat for significant deficit reduction is so strong, particularly coming from the conservatives, that this administration is looking at ways to reduce spending. The Dept. of Defense shouldn't be exempt from that, so long as we're still able to protect and defend this country. Yes, this might be painful, particularly for contractors like SAIC. I am concerned for contractors from my area (I live near Ft. Meade / NSA). My former employer had a significant contract with the (wink) DOD as well as contractors around BWI serving the (wink) DOD. I think there is likely a considerable amount of redundancy and waste here, and that people around here might feel the pinch of DOD program cuts too. And...my area is home to plenty of blue-stater liberals.

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Edited 8/9/2010 11:43 pm ET by mombittsey

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:53am

I hope what you are sure about is indeed true.


I have sympathy for those caught in it, but agree, if this is such a redundant system, then trimming some fat is beneficial. I hope he does it with as sharp a scalpel throughout govt...not just the military.

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Registered: 01-12-2004
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 9:56am

Almost all military areas slant conservatively. If you close a major base, you are almost certainly going to do it based on the needs of the military -- and Gates' conclusion is that Joint Forces Command has outlived its usefulness. Last year the military opened a new Command, Global Strike Command, and based it Barksdale Air Force Base in Lousiana. It put it there because the 8th Air Force is already there, and Barksdale is an operating base for B-52 bombers. You place your bases where they are needed, or not needed, based on the mission. This may not be true for your average national guard armory, but it is certainly true for

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Registered: 03-30-2007
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 10:09am

That's not exactly right. I live near Columbus, Ohio and we lost a lot of dealerships. Columbus tends to run Democratic.

IMHO, I think a lot of peole don't realize when an Auto assembley plant shuts down, how many other businesses are effected. There's the plants that makes the seats, the wipers, the winshield, the tires, the headlights, the spark plugs, the transmission, cruise control. The restaurant, where all these people eat, the small business that sells soda. The list is way to massive to list. A long time ago my fater-in-law told me that for every auto worker laid-off, 10 other people lose their job.

As far as cutting back the military, they have been cutting back recruiting for about 2 years. Only taking those who are fit and intellegent, They can now Choose who they want. There is a lot of waste in the military.

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Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 11:24am

While the JIF in concept was a good idea, it's another layer of oversight that really isn't needed. If you're going to pick something to eliminate that was not a bad choice.

What stood out to me as a positive was the comment about not taking away their funding but allowing them to set it aside for future use for other purposes.

One of my pet peeves has always been watching the government folks furiously scrambling to spend money at the end of the fiscal year even on things they most definitely did not need. Why? You use it, or you lose it. There is no reward/only penalty for not using all the money that was given to your organization for their budget.

I remember being practically gagged and strangled by suggesting that more people could receive some needed training if we agreed to share rental cars and sleep two to a room in a hotel! Oh the horror at the thought and the precedence that might have set!

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Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 11:26am

>>There is a lot of waste in the military.<<

Absolutely! There is a lot of waste in every government organization.


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