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Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea’s he won’t like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


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June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea's he won't like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates tells his troops…’back to uniforms’ in the Pentagon…

Since 9/11 most of the officers working in the Pentagon have had the option of wearing BDU’s…or Battle Dress Uniforms to work……the BDU’s or combat fatigues’,  are the work uniforms of the military…..camofluge pants, shirts and informal hats…….

But with move into the new year….. the ‘Boss’…Secretary Gates, has let it be know that he would prefer his troops in uniforms….. And so it shall be……

The only service that won’t have to change will be the Navy……The never went to BDU’s……

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, September 11, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Defense Secretary Gates tells his troops…'back to uniforms' in the Pentagon…

Since 9/11 most of the officers working in the Pentagon have had the option of wearing BDU’s…or Battle Dress Uniforms to work……the BDU’s or combat fatigues’,  are the work uniforms of the military…..camofluge pants, shirts and informal hats…….

But with move into the new year….. the ‘Boss’…Secretary Gates, has let it be know that he would prefer his troops in uniforms….. And so it shall be……

The only service that won’t have to change will be the Navy……The never went to BDU’s……

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, September 11, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

I told you so!…..President Obama joins Defense Sec. Gates in saying the the troops will START leaving Aftghanistan in 2011…..

The President….as all president’s do…say things….then realize that people will hold them to their word…..I suppose someone whispered in  his ear the obvious….with Aftghanistan President Karzai telling the world right after the deployment announcement, that his Afghan troops won’t be ready to do their thing for another 15 to 20 years….the chance of all of the American and NATO  troops leaving the country is non-existant….

Better to wiggle now..then in late 2011, when he’s running for the presidency again…and the republicans…and good many democrats, are hitting him over the head with his own words……

Note:…..I called this here….and here……

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

Wall Street Journal presents a leaked outline of the war request by Gen McChrystal…….

The Wall Street Journal has printed a pretty detailed piece today describing the basic points of General McChrystal request and recommendations to the Commander in Chief…….

Among the most interesting information is the fact that there is a request for three different levels of troops…….

A) 40,000

B) 60,000

C) None

McChrystal is reported to want to go with choice A, 40,000 troops……but there is a BIG BUT here….according to a review of the General’s plans ……the Army, and Marines would have significant problems in getting that many troops in-country, as soon as the General has reported they are needed for a ‘surge’……..In, addition, McChrytal’s aim would be to deny  al Qaeda, and the Taliban access to Afghanistan…..the White House may be content with just keeping al Qaeda out of the country, and finding a middle ground with the Taliban……

While McCrystal is a warrior, concerned with his troops, and objective…the CIC has to deal with the political component of the campaign…And since he has publicly said he won’t leave, and he won’t cut the number of troops …he really doesn’t have many options left………McCrystal is emphatic that the current troop level will not hold ground…Units are being overrun in the boonies, and are being cut back …….

Also…while Obama is holding his sessions …Hillary  Clinton, the Secretary of State, is holding hers…Seeking to identify the role for the State Department and civilians…Unlike during the Condi Rice period, in which State Department actions in Iraq consisted of sending staff home, leaving Sec of Defense Gates to fill those spots in with badly needed military assets……..

In the end the Army and the Marines would be able to move between 11,000 to 15,000 troops in country by the end of the year and another 20,000 by next July….…Finally, the movement of troops into the country is accompanied by a serious deficiency in helicopters, and contrary to this piece, a problem with Iraq ‘dialed in’ vehicles that are useless in Afghanistan’s terrible roads…….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The United States Navy adjusts to a new world…..Budgets, current real world action, and precise warfare…….

In a thoughtful Politico piece …….Jen Massico over at Politico  points to the Navy’s new emphasis on less collateral damage as a driving policy for Aircraft Carrier commanders…and the ever present worry about money and budgets as they relate to current U.S. military action. This as contrasted to old cold war doctrine ,whichsis  a concern for Secretary Gates, as he moves forward……………

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Military, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment