Archived posts with tag ‘budget’
An overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens want deep and immediate cuts in military spending, according to a new poll. The Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based investigative news service, in conjunction with two other groups asked more than 600 Americans from across the country about their perceptions regarding U.S. defense spending. The survey went on to ask whether the respondent favored increasing, holding steady or decreasing military spending.
The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is trying to reverse cuts announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year. The House’s proposed defense bill would reverse some of Obama’s planned cuts to ships, drones and warplanes. “The proposal is designed to put real combat power behind the President’s proposed pivot to Asia,” the House Armed Services Committee stated.
In an instant, four tons of steel and explosives slammed into the 522-foot-long warship Schenectady, blowing it apart in a cataclysm of smoke, dust and sound. Overhead, a pair of U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52 bombers orbited, one of them having just released four laser-guided bombs. The huge, eight-engine warplanes had flown directly from Louisiana to attack the decommissioned Navy landing ship as part of an exercise near Hawaii on Nov. 23, 2004.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the supposed backbone of the Pentagon’s future air arsenal, could need additional years of work and billions of dollars in unplanned fixes, the Air Force and the Government Accountability Office revealed on Tuesday. Congressional testimony by Air Force and Navy leaders, plus a new report by the GAO, heaped bad news on a program that was already almost a decade late, hundreds of billions of dollars over its original budget and vexed by mismanagement, safety woes and rigged test results.
Flattening budgets could scuttle the Navy’s plan to boost its combat fleet from today’s 285 warships to 313. But don’t panic. Far from resulting in a “hollowing” of the Navy, as GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has claimed, the funding cuts will most likely produce a future Navy that’s about the same size as today’s.
The U.S. Navy probably won’t shrink in the coming decade. Neither will it get any bigger as the Pentagon absorbs at least $450 billion in cuts compared to earlier projections. A Navy that holds steady at 285 combat vessels plus roughly 110 support ships would represent a small reduction compared to plans forged roughly five years ago that anticipated an increase in the combat fleet to 313 vessels.
In August, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates vowed to trim at least $100 billion over five years from the U.S. military’s overhead costs. The goal, Gates proclaimed, was to devote a greater proportion of the Pentagon’s steadily flattening budget to fighting forces and new weapons.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ plan to trim around $100 billion from Pentagon accounts over the next five years — the details of which he announced today — is being billed as a budget cut. Actually, Gates’ latest (and likely last) budget exercise represents a net boost for stuff that flies, swims, crawls and shoots. Especially the things that fly. New fleets of retooled fighter jets, futuristic bombers, jamming planes, and advanced drones will all take to the skies, if Gates gets his way.
Inside “Top Secret America”
1,271 government organizations. 1,931 private companies. 10,000 locations — both secret and public — scattered across the United States. 854,000 people with top-secret security clearances penning 50,000 reports per year. Untold tens of billions of dollars spent annually, for benefits that are hard to quantify.