The Politics Of Defense Budget Cuts

The Pentagon is preparing to tighten its belt, but with an election-year battle looming in Congress, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to stress the positive. He's emphasizing that some key parts of the budget will actually grow.

That's a point of emphasis for the administration as it tries to tamp down talk of weakening the military.

But it's unlikely to mollify Republicans. They say President Barack Obama's plan will leave the Pentagon stretched too thin to handle potential security threats in the Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Panetta is expected to outline at a Pentagon news conference Thursday the main areas of proposed spending cuts and increases.

The 2013 defense spending request, expected to total about $525 billion, is scheduled to be submitted to Congress on Feb. 13.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
    The government has rewarded failure by giving these bail-outs to these companies that should have failed. Lets give our military a bail-out and our military is not a failure. Don't kick our experienced military men and women out so they will have a hard time finding a job and maybe have to draw unemployment. Lets invest in more updated weapon technology that will create more factory jobs with the government contracts. If we close military bases, there will be civilian workers who will be unemployed. We can cut down on military waste and find other departments to downsize and make cuts.Lets never take the risk of our nation becoming a second rate or third rate military power.
  • by to WOW on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    Where's the facts on that?
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      by WOW on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to to WOW
      G. A. O. Do a little research yourself.
  • by EWE2 Location: Ayden on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    In eastern NC, with the strong military presence, many of the citizens are veterans. They have experienced the government procurement/supply, and are aware that it can be improved to reduce fraud/waste/abuse. The government supply system is its own worst enemy. In trying to return items to military supply system, I have been told countless times that it is mine, you ordered it, keep it; it would be more expensive to fo the paperwork than the item costs. But, out in town, a private business will allow you to return an item that costs less than a dollar. Makes absolutely no sense to me. Again, government and logic should never be used in the same sentence.
  • by Cut defense 50%!! Location: USA on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    We spend more money on defense than all of the next 14 countries combined!! Have those other 14 countries been invaded lately? Have we been invaded by the countries where we lost the war e.g. Vietnam? Remeber what was said about every conflict since WWII i.e. if we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them here!? We continue to spend money on defense as if we're at war, while our infrastructure crumbles around us! We continue to send trillions overseas and kill our young for NOTHING! We have bases ALL OVER THE WORLD, but can't pay our bills!!Ike warned us for the need to shrink the industrialized military complex, and was called a commie!? We have enough nukes to destroy the earth many times over! Come on folks!! Stop listening to the lobbyists/Propaganda!! CUT DEFENSE SPENDING!! WE'RE GOING BROKE!!!!
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      by WOW on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to Cut defense 50%!!
      We may spend more, that's only because we're the biggest. Fact remains that we spend a smaller percentage of our GDP of defense than almose any other nation in the world.
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        by Well... on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM in reply to WOW
        4.7 & of GDP in 2010 i.e. 680 billion, with the wars paid for by borrowing money i.e war funding is a seperate line item and is paid for by borrowing money. It's crazy!! How many bases do we need overseas? Try to find out how many we have??!! Why do NO other countries have bases here? Ike was right, reduce the industrialized militery complex!! We spend more money killing folk than we spend on our kids!! It keeps us in conflicts!! Take care of US 1st!!!
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      by Russ on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Cut defense 50%!!
      Since Defense is the only expense required by the Constitution I say cut everything else. Especially those programs that only benefit the lazy worthless crowd. Everything else by 25%.
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