May 4, 2013

$200 BILLION STILL LEAVES PLENTY OF ROOM FOR PORK:

The Pentagon Cries Wolf on Sequestration Pains (DAVID FRANCIS, 5/03/13, The Fiscal Times)

Nearly everyone outside of the Pentagon agrees that a $600 billion cut over the next 10 years, part of the sequester requiring DOD to cut $41 billion from its budget this year, is sorely needed. Over the last decade, war spending has been out of control: In 2001, the Pentagon's budget was $291 billion. It peaked at $708 billion in 2011, and was $524 billion last year.


These huge budget numbers reflect 20th century war strategy, in which enemies are defeated with tanks and massive armies. DOD's budget over the last decade did not evolve with changings threat. It was not structured to fight a modern war that will be won by computer hackers, drones and special forces. [...]

But according to a Fiscal Times analysis and to defense strategy experts, fundamental changes to the way the Pentagon defends the country -- and the way it spends money -- are years down the line. DOD is still trying to wage 21st century warfare with a 20th century budget. 

The 2014 Defense budget request does not substantially reduce spending in any of the areas identified by DOD as bloated or in need of drawdown. It's larger than the 2013 budget by $2.6 billion and pretends as if sequestration is simply going to disappear.

With the Long War over, it's time to return to 19th century budgets.
Posted by at May 4, 2013 8:50 AM
  

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