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Defense cuts = stronger military?

Chris Woodward   (OneNewsNow.com) Saturday, December 01, 2012

A non-partisan, free-market organization says it's time to get real about spending, particularly when it comes to the Department of Defense.

Wilson, Bill (ALG)"The problem is spending," says Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government. "Unless and until there are real, actual cuts, reductions in expenditure in a wide range of programs, Medicare, welfare programs, Medicaid and yes, even defense -- we're never going to get a handle on this out-of-control spending."

Coburn

In his new oversight report, "Department of Everything," Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) outlines how the Defense Department can save $67.9 billion over ten years by making specific cuts to "non-defense" defense spending. Areas include alternative energy ($700 million), grocery stores ($9 billion), as well as overhead, support and supply services ($37 million).

"You don't have to be a dove about the United States military to recognize we need more fiscal hawks in the Pentagon," Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union tells OneNewsNow. "There is plenty of wasteful spending going on in the defense establishment -- things like poor contracts, lousy oversight of existing projects. But there also needs to be prioritization of spending."

Sepp, Pete (NTU)Just as domestic programs are handled, Sepp thinks the defense programs need to be examined to determine which ones the country can live without.

Moreover, making cuts could strengthen the military in some aspects. According to Sen. Coburn, the $67.9 billion in savings he cites would pay for one-third of the cost of the planned fleet of new strategic bombers for the Air Force. It could likewise pay for one-third of the cost of the fleet of Ohio-class replacement nuclear submarines for the Navy.

As for the Army, Coburn says just $16 billion over ten years -- about 25 percent of the savings in the report -- could mean robust funding for modernization or new rifles and light machine guns for every soldier.


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