DoD Budget: The Week Ahead

DoD Budget: The Week Ahead

Monday is budget day. At 2 p.m. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will begin unveiling details of what will doubtless be one of the most contentious defense budgets since the Clinton administration. Each service and the Missile Defense Agency unveils its budget and answers reporters questions after that.

Tea Party supporters will be watching to see whether the administration makes what they think are significant cuts to the defense budget. Mainstream Republicans will be watching to see whether the administration makes any cuts at all at a time when they think the nation can ill afford any, what with those two wars and their being Republicans. Rep. Barney Frank and some of his remaining Democratic colleagues will be watching to see if the administration really cares about America’s people, or just wants to keep supporting foreign governments with those overseas bases and the defense companies with those fat contracts. And House and Senate appropriators will be watching to see if they like what the administration has proposed, since they are, after all, the people who make the real spending decisions.

And the defense companies will be watching to see how their profits may fare, and just how serious this administration is about reining in the deficit on their accounts.

Will Gates unveil some big surprise this year, as he did last time when he fired the head of the Joint Strike Fighter program? Tune in tomorrow.

DoD Buzz will dish as much of the inside dope as we can get as quickly as we can get it. Don’t forget that, you, dear readers, often know details that we may not have spotted yet. Let us know!

On Wednesday, we head down to Orlando for the Air Force Association conference. Every senior Air Force general speaks during this conference. We’ve lined up interviews with a few of them and, of course, award of the KC-X  is just a week or three away. And there are sure to be some budget details that come out of the several dinners and lunches and breakfasts planned. A busy week ahead!

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If you thought you’d seen it all in defense, just wait. The Government is not only going program for future years without knowing what was/will be funded this year, its going to ask for those funds from a new congress elected on a platform of spending cuts.

All I can say is grab your popcorn, sit back and hope there are dogs and ponys to go with the show this afternoon.

Will there be clowns too? Oh wait…

We already have the clown Barry Obama.…

Aw, you even capitalized his name this time. I think he’s growing on ya, bill.

Defense Spending is really the only Government program that actually causes people to be hired in the private sector. Go back and take a look at when Jimmy Boy cut the defense budget and see all the people not only in the defense industry, that were affected by his CUTS. People People wake up and see that the DemocRATS want everyone to be on a government Welfare program so they can stay in power

I went back and took a look at the defense budget under “Jimmy Boy”, and it went up every year of his term, keeping pace with inflation. Nixon was the one who actually cut defense spending. Nixon, you may remember, was a Republican.

Defense is a necessary expense, but it’s a lousy jobs program. The current issue of American Conservative magazine has an article called “Less Bang for the Buck” (amconmag​.com on the left side). Do yourself a favor and read it.

It’s not a simple matter of whether defense provides jobs because of course people are employed. The larger issue is what it means to the economy as a whole. Have a look at that article at amconmag​.com.

I read it and cant say I agree fully with it. Mostly because the constitution provides for the government to collect taxes to provide a military — nowhere does it say collected taxes shall be given to public industry for research — modernization — bailouts or social programs even though it is happening and is what got us to where we are more than the military spending. Does the defense spending need to be fixed “heck yeah” but so do a lot of other programs within the government.

I think you’re getting sidetracked. We can debate what “general welfare” means, but I’m not in favor of big gov’t either. Gov’t should advise, incentivize, act as a watchdog, and keep its focus always on what’s best for the people. Clearly it’s gotten out of control in many ways, and defense is one.

The way I see it, the DoD, the industry, and the Congress have found common cause with each other and forgotten or ignored their responsibility to the taxpayer. The point of that article is unchecked defense spending skews the economy to the detriment of the free market, distorts national priorities, sends people down unproductive career tracks, diverts research money, etc. etc. It’s a feedback loop where “more” is always justified. But hey, it’s great if you’re on the inside, right?

I think this has become at least as “extra-constitutional” and damaging as any of the abuses in the welfare state.

The big problem in defense spending is too many people in the chain have no military experiance and are very easily swayed by TV/Movie ideals and persuasive people out to line thier pockets. A lot of the folks involved with govt acquisitions need to be fired/retired and replaced with folks with actual and current military knowledge in order to stop a lot of this waste and abuse. You would not belive the number of stupid programs I have had to fight working for the government in order to prove my 24 yrs of active duty gave me more actual knowledge that some 24 yr old grad with an engineering degree as to what works in the field and what wont.

RE: the 24 yr old grad– No, I totally believe it, I’m hearing that same story from all over and it’s not just defense. How are people like that supposed to know a good idea from a bad one? It’s the clueless leading the stupid.

Hang in there.


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