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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:42 PM

Deficit cutters look to Defense Dept. budget

Source: Military Times, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality — fewer dollars.

The election accelerated an already shifting political dynamic that next year will pair a second-term Democratic president searching for spending cuts with tea partyers and conservatives intent on preserving lower tax rates above all else, even if it means once unheard of reductions in defense.

President Obama and Congress have just a few weeks to figure out how to avert the automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs totaling $110 billion next year. Those reductions are part of the so-called fiscal cliff of expiring Bush-era tax cuts and the across-the-board cuts that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned would be devastating to the military.

All sides are trying to come up with a deficit-cutting plan of $1.2 trillion over 10 years. Any solution that might emerge from the high-stakes negotiations before the Jan. 2 deadline likely would include some reductions in the military budget, which has nearly doubled in the last decade to half a trillion dollars. That amount doesn’t include the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more: http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/11/ap-deficit-cutters-look-to-pentagon-budget-111212/

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Reply Deficit cutters look to Defense Dept. budget (Original post)
LP2K12 Nov 2012 OP
SoapBox Nov 2012 #1
SoapBox Nov 2012 #3
Fresh_Start Nov 2012 #2
Kolesar Nov 2012 #4
LP2K12 Nov 2012 #5
Kolesar Nov 2012 #7
LP2K12 Nov 2012 #9
Kolesar Nov 2012 #10
LP2K12 Nov 2012 #11
adieu Nov 2012 #12
LP2K12 Nov 2012 #13
Third Doctor Nov 2012 #6
satxdem Nov 2012 #8
libdem4life Nov 2012 #14

Response to LP2K12 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:49 PM

1. The BLOATED Pentagon Pig and its budget?

Well...DUH!

Put that Pig on a Diet.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:58 PM

3. p.s....

and, I'm now thinking...let the cliff happen.

Start working backwards, with somewhat of a cleaner slate.

Panetta is really bugg'n me.

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Response to LP2K12 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:50 PM

2. so we could cut 1/3 of the defense budget and still spend more than the next 17 highest countries

spend in total? Sounds like the place to start!

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Response to LP2K12 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:06 PM

4. Spy satellites are a big waste. Nuclear weapons in the "Energy Department" budget

Both of those need to be cut.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:12 PM

5. I'm partial to "spy" satellites...

It's what kept me employed for years both in the defense and private sector. Working in military intel my job was to use those to be the eye in the sky. They have their uses besides military factors.

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Response to LP2K12 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:52 PM

7. Didn't protect us on 9/11

We would get more benefit hiring translators to read foreign newspapers written in Arabic for about 1% of that budget. Welcome to DU.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:04 PM

9. Protected us...

on countless other occassions.

The translators were paid the same amount I was. However, they had a higher drop out rate.

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Response to LP2K12 (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:18 PM

10. You weren't paid what the aerospace companies were paid!

The "intelligence agencies" have a ghastly-huge budget. The reason that the spy satellites get built is so that the MIC kicks money back to congress members. It is not because they are that vital.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:32 PM

11. Production...

of "spy" satellites has slowed majorly. Even during the Bush admin. We piggy back off of satellites and tech launches by public companies that image such as Google. The difference being we have to pay those companies each time we want an image. Building our satellites is a one fee.

Most of those satellites are also multi-use. Weather, space exploration, GPS, communication. We've learned it's better to consolidate than launch one-purpose monsters.

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Response to LP2K12 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:48 PM

12. Then move it into the open competition of consumer needs

I don't like to know that you're employed because of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Take your knowledge and skills and make something that is brought to the open market and see if it can compete with other products and services.

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Response to adieu (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:24 PM

13. I agree with this statement....

However, you'll find that most individual creators of this technology or absorbed by or hired by bigger names in the deferense industry. However, during the later part of my career we began using satellites owned by Google and other public companies as well as our own.

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Response to LP2K12 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:25 PM

6. I'm for cuts to the Pentagon budget.

But I think we have to be careful. This could effect a lot of people's jobs.

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Response to Third Doctor (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:52 PM

8. It does

Because republicans never want to cut the garbage, they cut government workers. Not the expensive useless weapons, etc. They cut jobs that have been pretty helpful to veterans like my dad. It's nice to retire after 23 years of service to find employment working for the government.

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Response to LP2K12 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:28 PM

14. Could this be the "message" of the outing and lack of political protection for the Generals?

I think the new "binders" may be of the political-sexual dossier nature.

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