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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:22 AM

Five Military Cuts That Would Fix Sequestration

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-25/five-military-cuts-that-would-fix-sequestration#r=rss



Littoral combat ships have doubled in price to more than $440 million per vessel, and evaluators have determined that its guns aren't effective

Five Military Cuts That Would Fix Sequestration
By Paul Barrett on February 25, 2013

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1. Ground the glitch-ridden F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The F-35 was supposed to produce state-of-the-art stealth jets. It is seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over cost estimates. At almost $400 billion, the F-35 has become the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history and one that offers only marginal improvements over existing aircraft, according to Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonprofit policy institute in Washington. (On Friday, the Pentagon grounded its nascent 51-plane fleet of F-35s after discovering a cracked engine blade in one jet.) The F-35 is "worth killing, particularly given its technical problems," Blechman said. "Putting the F-35 into production years before the first flight test was acquisition malpractice," Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition undersecretary, said in February 2012. So, um, let's do something about it, Frank.

2. While we're at it, how about parking the Ground Combat Vehicle? With wind-downs in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army's strength is due to decline by some 72,000 by 2017. Still, we're poised to spend as much as $32 billion to buy 1,904 new Ground Combat Vehicles, tank-like replacements for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. What the Army actually needs is improved, smaller vehicles to get modest-sized forces into trouble spots with greater alacrity. The 70-ton Ground Combat Vehicle won't be easily transportable by air or sea, raising questions about "how quickly it could be deployed in the event of a conflict," according to a report (PDF) issued in January by the Congressional Research Service.

3. On the topic of Army gas-guzzlers: Even the generals admit that they don't want or need an updated version of the familiar M1 combat tank. The M1 was originally built to face off against Soviet tanks in a land war in Europe, which thankfully never happened. Congress, however, intends to keep doling out billions to gut and renovate old M1s. That makes no sense.

4. Dock the Littoral Combat Ship. The Navy is building two versions of the troubled vessel that was once billed as a low-cost, versatile coastal patrol ship. The LCS has doubled in price, to more than $440 million a ship. Evaluators have determined that its guns aren't effective, meaning it might not survive in combat.




unhappycamper comment: The next suggestion says fix the bureaucracy, starting with the Joint Chiefs which tripled headcount from 2010 to 2012

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:26 PM

1. Even easier approach

If Congress would allow the reprogramming of monies already in hand, the DoD could avoid furloughs. However it would be a massive ATR and Congress will not allow that to happen.

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