• Reducing the US nuclear arsenal to 1000 warheads deployed on 160 Minuteman missiles and seven nuclear submarines,
• Curtailing nuclear weapons research and the
planned modernization of the nuclear weapons
• Curtailing national missile defense efforts,
• A reduction of approximately 200,000 military personnel, yielding a peacetime US military active-duty end-strength of approximately 1.3 million,
• Capping routine peacetime US military presence in Europe at 35,000 and in Asia at 65,000, including afloat,
• Reducing the size of the US Navy from its current strength of 287 battle force ships and 10 naval air wings to a future posture of 230 ships and 8 air wings,
• Rolling back the number of US Army active-component brigade combat teams from the current 45 to between 39 and 41,
• Retiring four of the 27 US Marine Corps infantry battalions along with a portion of the additional units that the Corps employs to constitute air-land task forces,
• Retiring three US Air Force tactical fighter wings,
• Ending or delaying procurement of a number of
military systems – the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, MV-22 Osprey, KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker, and the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle – and fielding less expensive alternatives,
• Reducing base budget spending on R&D by $5 billion annually,
• Resetting the calculation of military compensation and reforming the provision of military health care,
• Implementing a variety of measures aiming to
achieve new efficiencies in DoD’s supply and equipment maintenance systems, and
• Setting a cost reduction imperative for command, support, and infrastructure expenditures.
How about getting our bases out of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa for a start? Let these people pay for their own defense.
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