A Better Way to Cut the Military Budget
Posted at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26
The civilian and military leaders at the Pentagon have sounded the alarm on the coming across-the-board sequester cuts to military spending. Paul Barrett argues that while the “military is manufacturing a crisis to protect its wasteful, bloated, poorly designed budget,” there are better ways to cut $46 billion from the defense budget.
“Ground the glitch-ridden F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program… While we’re at it, how about parking the Ground Combat Vehicle?… Even the generals admit that they don’t want or need an updated version of the familiar M1 combat tank… Dock the Littoral Combat Ship… One place to start thinning the bureaucracy: the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That office has more than tripled in manpower, to 4,244 in 2012 from 1,313 in 2010.”