April 11, 2015

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE SURPLUS:

The Battle Is On to Save Military Bases from Closure (JONATHAN BERR, 4/10/15, The Fiscal Times)

With the Iraq War officially over and combat operations in Afghanistan wind down, the size of the military is shrinking. Experts note bases are going to pay the fiscal piper. It's a question of when.

The Pentagon's recent budget proposal calls for the funding of 1.3 million troops, a decline of about 12,000 from a year earlier, with much of that decline coming from the Army. General Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, said recently that his branch of the military had cut 98,000 active duty and reserve soldiers in eliminating 13 combat brigades. The overall size of the Army is due to fall to 980,000 by fiscal 2018, though military leaders have warned that automatic spending cuts known as the sequester may force a reduction of 60,000 extra troops.

8 decades of global war was a boon to the Military-Industrial complex, but with even Cuba and Iran being let in from the Cold, it's time to get off the teat.

Posted by at April 11, 2015 9:57 AM
  

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