Skip to comments.Marines Under Fire From Pentagon Cuts
Posted on 11/12/2010 11:18:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Never let it be said that President Obama lacks political instincts. When his "deficit reduction panel" outlined planned cuts to Pentagon purchasing this week, he made darn sure the news came out on Wednesday -- rather than yesterday, Veterans Day.
Otherwise, his panel might have made headlines for suggesting that the Pentagon axe the V-22 Osprey, and cut one-third of Textron's orders; kill Lockheed Martin's warplane, the F-35B; and cancel orders for General Dynamics' amphibious assault craft. As it happens, the U.S. Marine Corps relies or would rely on all of these costly weapons systems.
The President's panel proposed a wholesale reduction in Pentagon hardware spending, destined to deprive BAE, Navistar, Lockheed and General Dynamics of billions more in revenue destined for the increasingly irrelevant JLTV program. (America's Next Top Humvee ain't looking as pretty as it once was.) In the process, it seems the Marines will bear the brunt of the budgetary axe. At this rate, they may have to stage their next invasion armed with little more than M-16s and rubber dinghies.
Ah, well. If anyone can get the job done, sans equipment, it's the Marines. Plus, the proposed cuts aren't set in stone just yet. We'll keep you updated on how this plays out. Meanwhile, there are a couple of winners we should highlight on the Pentagon funding front.
First up, the folks in Congress do recognize that if they kill the Osprey, they'll still need to find some way to get Marines to the fight. Thus, the deficit panel suggests a few United Technologies Black Hawk helicopters might do the trick. They're cheaper than the Osprey -- and soon, they might not even need pilots.
The other a big winner: Boeing. After losing the F-22 and F-35 competitions to Lockheed, and after Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen declared the latter plane the last manned fighter that the U.S. will ever build, it seemed that Boeing was out of the fighter game for good. But Pentagon penny-pinching has turned this theory on its head.
As plans for F-35 purchases ratchet back, we may instead buy more Lockheed F-16s, and Boeing F/A-18 variants, for some time to come. If nothing else, it's about time Boeing investors got some good news.
What do you say? Are defense spending cuts essential, or irresponsible? Scroll down, and sound off.
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Wasn’t the original B-2 program to produce something like 132 bombers and we ended up with about 20 something? We will be lucky to get 200 F-35’s by 2020.
There won’t be manned fighters anymore by the time the current cadets make O-5.
An act of desparation from this administration. The first thing that is going to be gutted is Obozocare the #1 unecessary revenue hog. Next are his czars. I am going to enjoy watching our new Congress systematically destroy this vile anti-American cur and his cronies.
WTH. Keep them all here and send them on maneuvers along the Mex border. Do lots of live fire exercises.
Whenever there’s sacrifice to be made it’s always the Corps that takes it on the chin.
Among other places.
There are a lot of federal agencies that need to be completely shut down before military cuts should be considered.
I agree with those cuts. The Osprey cost the Marines, 30 billion, meanwhile the Marines had zero, no MRAPs, even though the denial weapon of choice for most of the trud world is mines.
How many contested amphibious landing have the Marines had? Vs how much time spent in country on mined roads?
Ditto the Army wasting money on the new Bradley.
The CIC is a clear and present danger-a Domestic enemy to my Country. Every act the Fraud has taken after the Oath he has not/cannot honor-has followed the Communist dialectic for change. He is anti-Christian ,and has done everything he can to undermine and destroy the one branch of our Military that
has the best record for maintaining the Founding principle
most likely to restore what Obama would DESTROY.IMO it will be a Marine who restores America The Marines who will clean up the mess made by the enemy in the Peoples House.
The idea is to use the Military as lab rats in social
engineering- community organization. The Marines have been
rebellious and have not gone along just to get along but have
honored their traditions and the silly concept that they are the Few and the Proud-and not everybody can be a Marine so
the one least likely to qualify as PLO in the Corps. The one
who not even qualify as yardape intends to punish the Marines lest the other branches follow their example.
Then there’s this:
Want to Cut Spending? Abolish the Marines! (Barf Alert)
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