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    Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he wants to trim some of the billions of dollars the Pentagon spends on weapons systems and contractor services, part of a Pentagon-wide effort to find $100 billion in savings in the next five years


    Gates, who already plans to pare down the Pentagon's huge bureaucracy to save money, said that the Defense Department will focus on unnecessary spending by defense contractors that provide the military with everything from fighter jets to janitors.
    To me, this seems to be the right way to cut the defense budget. While I don't fully agree with our current excursions in the middle east (one of them specifically), reducing troop readiness at this time would be a huge mistake.

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Yeah, that seems to be the best way to go about cutting costs. Gates seems to be a pretty competent Secretary of Def.

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Too bad Barney Frank has his hatchet at the ready, poised to slash our defense to pieces.

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
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    To me, this seems to be the right way to cut the defense budget. While I don't fully agree with our current excursions in the middle east (one of them specifically), reducing troop readiness at this time would be a huge mistake.
    100 Billion eh? How many trillions are we in the hole? We're a few orders of magnitude off.
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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    WE could start by pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. ^.^

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    WE could start by pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. ^.^
    Well if we wanted to really address the issue, then yes; we could pull out of our occupational wars which have produced nothing other than debt and will produce nothing other than debt.
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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    It amazes me how people scratch their heads and act like this is rocket science, Ikari. It ain't that hard, if you have an average level of intelligence.

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Dissolve the Marines.
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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    When it's billions on weapons systems and contractor services we need to "cut costs"

    When it's billions on high speed rail projects we're "stimulating the economy" and "creating jobs"

    Gotcha.

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    Re: Pentagon looks for $100B in cost savings

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    When it's billions on weapons systems and contractor services we need to "cut costs"

    When it's billions on high speed rail projects we're "stimulating the economy" and "creating jobs"

    Gotcha.
    Weapons do not serve a useful economic function. A billion spent on infrastructure is better for the economy than a billion spent on bombs.
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