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    Budget cutting forces Pentagon to review strategy

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...ec8_story.html

    So the fear is the PARTS of the military will be smaller than the military was in 2001.

    2001… AKA the bad old days ... when our military was only 50 times more potent than any other military.



    Budget cutting forces Pentagon to review strategy


    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to reconsider a sweeping military strategy that the Obama administration unveiled just last year to determine whether it is still affordable in light of recent budget cuts.

    Hagel’s move calls for a reassessment of a defense strategy that President Obama himself presented at the Pentagon 14 months ago as the centerpiece of his administration’s national security policy. The strategy declared that the government would shift its military, diplomatic and economic attention to Asia after a decade of absorption in the Middle East while scaling back its land forces and unilateral missions that had become too expensive.

    The original strategy was drawn up under the assumption that the Pentagon would have to stomach about $490 billion in budget cuts over a decade. Because of unresolved fiscal battles between Congress and the White House, however, the military may be forced to reduce its spending by twice that amount — as much as $1 trillion over 10 years.

    “As I stand here today, I don’t yet know whether, or if, or how much our defense strategy will change, but I predict it will,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday during an appearance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “We’ll need to relook at our assumptions, and we’ll need to adjust our ambitions to match our abilities.”

    Defense officials said they did not expect a wholesale revision of Obama’s strategy. But they said they needed to plan for a range of possible outcomes given the fiscal wrangling between Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

    Under the forced spending cuts known as sequestration, the Pentagon must cut $46 billion — nearly 9 percent of its annual base budget — by the end of September. Military officials are still hoping that Congress and the White House will restore at least some of the money, but there is no guarantee.

    “This is absolutely not a rewrite of the defense strategy,” said a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning. “It’s a budget contingency exercise that’s intended to lead to a responsible look at what we might need to do under sequestration.”

    Hagel has assigned Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter to conduct the review with Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs. They were given a May 31 deadline to complete the work, Pentagon officials said.

    Already, however, the armed services are bracing for cutbacks that could shrink parts of the military to levels last seen before the massive buildup that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Army planners, for example, are considering the possibility that they will have to further reduce the size of their force to approximately 440,000 active-duty soldiers — about 50,000 fewer than the Pentagon projected last year. The Army now has about 540,000 soldiers.

    The Marine Corps will also likely face pressure to keep shrinking beyond a 10 percent cut announced last year that would consolidate the Corps at 182,000 active-duty personnel by 2016.

    Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, warned this month in an open letter to troops and their families that additional painful cuts were likely.

    “We are already a lean and frugal service,” Amos said. “Every reduction that we make from this point forward will cut into bone — we are beyond muscle.”

    Nora Bensahel, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank with close ties to the Obama administration, predicted that Hagel’s review would reaffirm the basic outlines of the defense strategy while making accommodations for tighter budgets.

    “I don’t expect a fundamental strategic change,” she said. “The alternative would be to say we don’t want to be a global power anymore, that we’re going to be a regional power, and I don’t see anyone in the Defense Department saying that.”


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    “We are already a lean and frugal service,” Amos said. “Every reduction that we make from this point forward will cut into bone — we are beyond muscle.”

    That sound you hear is laughter from anyone who ever served in the military.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2® View Post
    “We are already a lean and frugal service,” Amos said. “Every reduction that we make from this point forward will cut into bone — we are beyond muscle.”

    That sound you hear is laughter from anyone who ever served in the military.
    As someone who believes the amount of waste in the military is often grossly overstated by the left.... I tend to agree, he's laying it on pretty thick here.
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    Thanks to GWB and his lying @ss cronies, while the other world power are collaborating and building their military strength (http://en.rian.ru/world/20130319/180...-in-AsPac.html), we are in retrenchment.

    Good job GWB. We are going to pay for your lies for decades. Who in the hell voted for that idiot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axil View Post
    As someone who believes the amount of waste in the military is often grossly overstated by the left.... I tend to agree, he's laying it on pretty thick here.
    I do not think the problem is waste. Waste occurs everywhere, in the private and public sector alike. I think the problem is over-kill. Again the First Year of Bush II administration the Pentagon budget was $ 300-ish billion today the Pentagon Budget is $630-ish billion.

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    We should have sequestration every year for the next decade. Force every gov't program and agency to make tough decisions.

    Believe me, they can find places to save money and eliminate waste while remaining viable. The problem is that do that they must work. And work is a four letter word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    We should have sequestration every year for the next decade. Force every gov't program and agency to make tough decisions.

    Believe me, they can find places to save money and eliminate waste while remaining viable. The problem is that do that they must work. And work is a four letter word.
    I disagree.

    Blindly cutting scientific research, education and defense spending is counter productive. You need to be smart while doing this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    I disagree.

    Blindly cutting scientific research, education and defense spending is counter productive. You need to be smart while doing this
    I am not for blindly cutting anything. They should give them flexibility in what they cut, but they should be forced to make cuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdawgg View Post
    Thanks to GWB and his lying @ss cronies, while the other world power are collaborating and building their military strength (http://en.rian.ru/world/20130319/180...-in-AsPac.html), we are in retrenchment.

    Good job GWB. We are going to pay for your lies for decades. Who in the hell voted for that idiot?


    You seem to have an anger problem. Perhaps sitting on the sidelines while REAL Marines fought lead to an guilt complex?
    BTW, you comment is self contradictory. And lies too? Whoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I am not for blindly cutting anything. They should give them flexibility in what they cut, but they should be forced to make cuts.
    Well that is not a budget sequestration.

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