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    What would you do with our defense spending?

    What would you do with our defense spending? Would you downsize it? Increase it? Leave it the same? Please explain each of your choices.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    What would you do with our defense spending? Would you downsize it? Increase it? Leave it the same? Please explain each of your choices.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    None of the above.

    I would re-organize the whole defense department. Change the way it contracts and acquires weapons systems. Reduce the officer to enlisted ratio. Replace the current Officer promotion systems with one that is centric around leadership instead of ass kissing. Restructure commands rank requirements. Create a new Department to create, train and maintain an occupation force. Determine our actual needs and build forces necessary to meet those needs. Only after all of that could a determination of the actual budget be carried out. I believe it would decrease, quite a bit, but cannot say for sure.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    I really dont understand why there is a question about this. We certainly need to decrease it. Were it not for all the pork we would not spend such stupid money on defesene. Our 20 year old birds are the best in the world and we buy new all the time. Why is that? I think we need to bring our bases back from all over the world, reduce the standing army (not hte Marine Corps) and strengthen reserves. The only rival the US might have is if Martians invade or there is a Zombie attack. Otherwise no other cournty in the world has got anything. Our only weakness is political stupidity. But yea, Obama is a weak ally. You guys are hive minded Obama hate all the time.
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    I'd decrease it close to 80%. The military industrial complex has eaten up enough of taxpayer money.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    What would you do with our defense spending? Would you downsize it? Increase it? Leave it the same? Please explain each of your choices.
    Yes I would decrease spending dramatically on our most of our military. The Army and Air Force have no constitutional basis so they should be eliminated and the equipment and personnel folded into the Marines and Navy respectively. The budget should be reduced greatly to the tune of ninety percent for now. The only increase in budget would be to two items the replacement and refurbishment and increase of or nuclear stockpile, and for anti missile defense systems. In the meantime the rest of the government would by 90% as well striving to pay down as much debt as quickly as possible. I would also release and allow all of our resulting excess military equipment to be sold first to citizens here and then to other nations and citizens. I would also encourage our manufactures to design and build equipment for sale to the rest of the world. Our new defense strategy would be to become the arms merchant of the world making sure in every war on earth our weapons are the ones being used on both sides. The idea being to make it more expensive for the Chinese and Russians and whoever else to build their own native weapons systems. It would also increase our resident manufacturing capabilities. In the Syrian conflict for instance we should be selling BOTH sides weapons. If they come up with the cash we come up with the weapons. Since it happens to be a proxy war between the Saudis and the Iranians guess whose pockets we will be draining? The Ukrainian conflict same thing arm them up with guns tanks and planes, for a fee of course. We would be conforming with our treaty obligations and not being directly involved. NATO will also be needing a big arms infusion to ward off the Russian bear so there is a huge sales opportunity there as well as a way to make Europe fight their own conflicts. Our aim would be to become literally the arsenal of freedom and democracy by being the worlds arms dealer. The side benefits would be the ability to shrink our military footprint and budget and to give our economy a nice boost. One way to fund the military on the cheap or better still would fund them almost completely would be to utilize them as a mercenary force for sale to the highest bidder. The benefits would be our forces get combat experience and be very well paid to the job. I have more but I will stop at this and see what reactions if any I get.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    First thing I'd do is make sure $7,600 is not being spent on coffee makers, or $604 for toilet seats, or other outrageous prices for easy to obtain commodities.

    Second would be going through every single line item on the budget. I'd be looking for waste, over-pricing, redundancy, cost-to-benefit ratio, applicability, longevity, etc.

    Third would be eliminating redundancy amongst the services while integrating them to maximize cooperation and cost effectiveness. For instance, I don't believe that the U.S. military needs two versions of the infantry - one Army, one Marine Corps. - when one of them can get the job done by itself and historically with less money and the "new toys fresh out of the box." Another would be every service having its own Air Wing. The Air Force would be the singular Air Force of the United States. Another would be all four services having its own intelligence division. The elimination of the four would pave the way for greater influence by the D.I.A. Reliance on the N.S.A., N.G.A. and N.R.O. would similarly increase.

    Fourth, though it might come at a greater cost, all components used in the U.S. military's arsenal would be American made to the greatest extent possible and with stone-cold preferences I.e. components from China would never be accepted whereas components from an ally like Canada or Australia would.

    Fifth would be diving into the depths of Research & Development, which includes DARPA. Things like applicability, longevity, cost-to-benefit ratio, etc would be considered. The Office of Net Assessment would play a pivotal role in what R&D spends its money on. As an aside, the days of being swindled by the likes of Lockheed Martin or Northrop Grumman would come to an abrupt end.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    But then what do we do with the money we have not spent on the military?

    Save the money and reduce the deficit, or spend it on other more important things like infrastructure or healthcare?

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    I would cut the Military Offense expenditures by at least 75% and use the same monies to develop a de-centralized Energy distribution network throughout the Nation. Small electric generation owned by the local communities using waste or locally grown renewables for fuel. Install PV and Wind generators and again, small units serviced by the local community. The key is LOCAL at every opportunity, Centralized distribution of anything is Centralized collection of profits, like a huge straw sucking money out of LOCAL communities. We need to cure that. The Cure needs a starting point.

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