We can make large cuts and not affect readiness one bit in my opinion. There is so much waste and overlapping programs but nobody is willing to address it because it's the "military" and it's how so many politicians buy their votes.no - the primary goal of the United States Military is mission accomplishment. sometimes that requires paying the piper. but if you are concerned about our lives, might I suggest you not support re-hollowing out the military so that we find ourselves in the future in another situation like Iraq 2004, when we had no armor for our vehicles or our bodies because of the previous decades' spending cuts. when you significantly reduce the US military, you make it more likely that they will have to be used, and you make it less likely that they will have the equipment necessary to do so with minimal loss of life. Take a look at that chart again and notice the drop in combat air support. the gap of that air support will be refilled with the bodies of the infantrymen who are now bereft.
Take Haliburton. They were caught screwing the government many times over but we continued to hand out contracts to them. They should have been cut off long ago.