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Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength
The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | Craig Whitlock

Posted on 01/06/2011 12:04:47 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction

The Pentagon will have to cut spending by $78 billion over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday, forcing the Army and Marine Corps to shrink the number of troops on active duty and eventually imposing the first freeze on military spending since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The surprise announcement from Gates was a reminder for the military establishment - which has benefited from a gusher of new money over the past decade - that it will not remain exempt from painful austerity measures that federal lawmakers say will be necessary to control the soaring national debt.

In a news conference to announce the cuts, Gates said he hopes that "what had been a culture of endless money . . . will become a culture of savings and restraint" at the Defense Department.

Gates had hoped to spare the Pentagon from the budget ax. Over the past two years, he cut dozens of expensive weapons programs and more recently sought to persuade lawmakers that the military had adopted a newfound thriftiness that would justify small but steady percentage increases in the size of its budget for the foreseeable future.

On Thursday, he said the armed services had successfully carried out a directive he issued in May to squeeze $100 billion in savings over the next five years by eliminating low-priority programs, thinning command structures and reducing overhead at the Pentagon. In return, he said, the Army, Navy and Air Force will get to reallocate nearly all of that money on new weapons systems and other combat-related projects.

But the fiscal realities facing the federal government led the Obama administration in recent weeks to order Gates to cut an additional $78 billion from its long-term spending plan.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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Plan to shrink active duty Army and Marine Corps.
1 posted on 01/06/2011 12:04:53 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: ConjunctionJunction

when we said we wanted the govt to cut back on spending we didnt mean the damn military.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 12:05:52 PM PST by eak3
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Glad I got my commission when I did! Although even if I wanted to go active right now, I wouldn’t be able to. I have heard they are not taking anyone below the rank of CPT.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 12:07:34 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Where’s the plan to reduce the missions we require of them.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 12:07:38 PM PST by DManA
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To: ConjunctionJunction

A damn drop in the bucket.


5 posted on 01/06/2011 12:09:16 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: eak3

Well, my thought is this: could Germany, Japan, etc. run more of their own defense instead of having our troops patrolling around? I honestly think so, and honestly if self-reliance is a conservative virtue, why not place most of Europe, and the nations we used to occupy on a path to self-reliance? It honestly make sense to me at face value, but only at face value. I honestly hope and send my appeals though, that it’s not just the military, but also working out the other problems as well.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 12:09:26 PM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I guess we could have expected Obama to slash the military budget and weaken America further.


7 posted on 01/06/2011 12:10:54 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Two wars, persistent terrorist threat, China and Russia building new weapons, and an invasion through our southern boarder... soooo, cut the military.

This nation is upside down.

8 posted on 01/06/2011 12:12:01 PM PST by Never on my watch (When Obama was born, the movie "The Manchurian Candidate" was in production. Coincidence?)
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To: eak3

Clinton/Carter approach. Make us defenseless and vulnerable to attack. Brilliant!


9 posted on 01/06/2011 12:12:18 PM PST by Squidster
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I smell a RAT. This announcement the day of the House Republican reading of the Constitution. The loss of the supermajority in the Senate etc.

Yeah, I smell a RAT. A BIG RAT.

It’s all politics all the time with the Leftists, and Gates ain’t no Conservative.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 12:12:56 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Obama just sent 1400 more Marines to Afghanistan.
11 posted on 01/06/2011 12:13:57 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Morpheus2009

Unless western countries protect their borders and stop islmic immigration then a military is becoming almost a waste. America is being destroyed from the inside.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 12:14:11 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Fighting a war that we’re essentially losing with a smaller budget,the math doesn’t work.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 12:14:11 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: eak3
when we said we wanted the govt to cut back on spending we didnt mean the damn military.

Under this regime, that's the FIRST place they'll cut. Seen any substantial cuts anywhere else in the government?

14 posted on 01/06/2011 12:14:44 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Morpheus2009

How about we pull out of the Balkans entirely, and let old Europe deal with the Albanian Muslims and their Middle Eastern financiers and military backers all by themselves?


15 posted on 01/06/2011 12:16:59 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: rockinqsranch

Budget this year was over $708 , that cut over 5 years is about 10%. A year, not much.


16 posted on 01/06/2011 12:19:26 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Del Rapier

You’re right, but the Left wants us to lose.


17 posted on 01/06/2011 12:19:32 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Gates was ordered by Obama to go out there today with this announcement to cover for the fact that he's asking for troop levels to be increased in Afganistan.

Obama's left wing base needs some comforting.

18 posted on 01/06/2011 12:19:32 PM PST by what's up
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To: ConjunctionJunction

DOD will reduce troop,cut training and miltary hardware strength yet will expand:

1) Gay/Lesbian awareness personnel
2) Diversity Training
3) Multicultural Specialists
4) Wiccan Chaplains
5) Committees in charge of reducing the carbon footprint of the military.

Our next war will be disastrous...


19 posted on 01/06/2011 12:22:16 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: ConjunctionJunction

This is easy to achieve without harming readiness one iota. Does anyone doubt that there is more $ than this wasted in just contractor fraud alone? Revolving door sinecures? How about all those fancy perks for the General Staff and the mass of senior officer? Cripes, what’s the payroll for all those drones that wander the halls of the Pentagon?


20 posted on 01/06/2011 12:23:05 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Same poor decisions when it comes to state budgets, the politicians always threaten to cut the most important govt functions (police, etc) instead of the least (social services, pensions, etc).


21 posted on 01/06/2011 12:27:00 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Believe me, the DoD has been in a culture of “doing more with less” for many decades

Gates’ remarks are disturbingly detached from real life in the trenches

again


22 posted on 01/06/2011 12:30:13 PM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Exactly what I was thinking, especially the first one.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 12:31:26 PM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: eak3
when we said we wanted the govt to cut back on spending we didnt mean the damn military.

Speak for yourself. The founders never intended that we police the world. In fact, they rebelled against an empire which once tried to do that. Besides....were broke. We can't afford to continue paying for bases in 120 countries.

24 posted on 01/06/2011 12:32:44 PM PST by Captain Kirk (Q)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
This "5 Year Plan" reference seems so Communist...

Funding and hence budgeting is but a two years MAX proposition as per the Constitution...

Obviously, Gates is but another 0zero stooge...

If I am not mistaken, the Executive simply directs the military he does not create or fund it -that would be the job of the Legislature.

Article I, Section 8 - The Legislative Branch - "To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy"

Article II, Section 2 - The Executive Branch - "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States"


25 posted on 01/06/2011 12:32:44 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: Morpheus2009

the troops in Japan and Germany are not there to defend Japan and Germany, per se

They are there to backstop forward operations against North Korea, China or Russia, they also support many logistics requirements in SWA


26 posted on 01/06/2011 12:33:04 PM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: org.whodat

Sorry. I don’t believe in any cuts for the military while we are at war. It’s to me dispicable, and counter productive. Wars are to be won, and cutting the funding isn’t contributing to the winning of those wars.


27 posted on 01/06/2011 12:34:25 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

You notice Zero targeted the Military and NOT the EPA or EDU or Interior or.......................


28 posted on 01/06/2011 12:38:07 PM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I agree with Gates on this one. Ronal Reagan in the Mid-80s had a DoD annual budget of around 400 Billion $s. The US Army had 16 or so divisions, The US Navy had 16 CV Battle Groups and so on. I say RETIRE 3/4 or ALL General and Flag “Officers” and rid the Enlisted Ranks of the E-8/E-9 Pay Grades and you will save a BUNDLE!


29 posted on 01/06/2011 12:41:31 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: rockinqsranch

Fine borrow some more money. We are 14 trillion dollars in the hole, when do you want to stop digging.


30 posted on 01/06/2011 12:42:14 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: eak3

It is all rhetoric. Gates cannot cut the size OR the budget of the military. That is in the hands of Congress.


31 posted on 01/06/2011 12:44:32 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: org.whodat

There’s plenty elsewhere, and you know it.


32 posted on 01/06/2011 12:44:51 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: All

In addition to the obvious reduction in our military abilities, this also bodes very badly for defense contractors and their employees.

I have several friends who are engineers with various defense contractors and many have been thru rounds of lay-offs and fortunately rehires. This may change that to lay-offs only.

So strange how the current administration can’t spend enough money on so-called “stimulus” and yet, in a period of such high unemployment already, now wants to reduce the one area that actually does a lot of good.


33 posted on 01/06/2011 12:49:27 PM PST by OhhTee5
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To: rockinqsranch

Yes and i’m for cutting that as well. Just cutting half of those over priced fighter jets will get the job done.


34 posted on 01/06/2011 12:51:00 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: ConjunctionJunction

They are after Chief’s in the Navy.

How much more BS is gates going to spew? He has been itching to gut the Military from day one. Sure there are places to cut, but Troop strength is not one of them, nor is their health care.

Stop repaving commissary parking lots that don’t need it, or remodeling them when they don’t need it. Take out all the HIGH end crap out of the Exchanges we don’t need Coach handbags or $200 bread machines. Other than saving on sales tax the Exchanges or PX’s have become a joke.


35 posted on 01/06/2011 12:51:13 PM PST by GailA (DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA! 2012 rally cry.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
1) Gay/Lesbian awareness personnel

2) Diversity Training

3) Multicultural Specialists

4) Wiccan Chaplains

5) Committees in charge of reducing the carbon footprint of the military.

JMHO, if there even starts to smell like trouble, there are still enough Old School or Trained By Old School Military around that a whole bunch of those REMF's will fall off the fantail in a flat calm, go jogging in mine fields or suddenly decide they've got to go home to Mommy before one or all of the above occur.

....just sayin'.....

36 posted on 01/06/2011 12:52:03 PM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (744 and a wakeup)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Peace dividend???????????????

Have to punish the Marines for not wanting homosexuals?????


37 posted on 01/06/2011 12:53:14 PM PST by Carley (PRINTING OPINION, IGNORING THE FACTS......the msm!!!)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Plan to shrink active duty Army and Marine Corps.

With as much money as is wasted on useless paper in the procurement system, there is absolutely no need for this.

38 posted on 01/06/2011 12:55:09 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

How on Earth can you cut something that you don’t have. The last congress has not even passed a budget yet. The Republican Congress should have made this there first job. Why on Earth can they not pass a budget? I hear the earliest they will have a budget passed is March. Since this supposed budget goes until October 2011, what would happen if they just said “screw it” and not submit a budget. Would it cause a lot of problems? I mean except for the fact that I can’t order anything for my job right now, nothing has changed....I just buy it out of pocket which they say is illegal....lol. Yeah sure. Whatever. I need it and they can’t pay because there is no money and yet they don’t want me to pay out of pocket. The government is so stupid at times.


39 posted on 01/06/2011 12:56:01 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: thefactor

The military is making recruiting in enlisted and officer right now and don’t need anyone at this time. However, the minute the economy is back, the military will be begging for folks to join. Giving huge bonus’ and finding out that the GI Bill might have been to generous. lol.


40 posted on 01/06/2011 12:57:37 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: silverleaf; Morpheus2009; All

Exactly... Until we have means of transporting troops and equipment overseas in a instant, we are going to have bases overseas..


41 posted on 01/06/2011 12:58:09 PM PST by KevinDavis (I have no problem with a black president. But the one we have now is yellow to the core)
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To: Captain Kirk

Speak for yourself. The founders never intended that we police the world. In fact, they rebelled against an empire which once tried to do that. Besides....were broke. We can’t afford to continue paying for bases in 120 countries.


Agreed. Now that military spending will be cut,let’s move on to Medicare and Socialist Security cuts too.


42 posted on 01/06/2011 12:58:43 PM PST by Longdriver
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To: ConjunctionJunction

With all the damage soon to ensue by the transformation to a homosexual military, the cutting of the defense budget is rather moot at this point.


43 posted on 01/06/2011 1:01:31 PM PST by greene66
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To: ConjunctionJunction

In other bugetary news, the DHHS’ buget was increased by 78 billion over the next five years... /s


44 posted on 01/06/2011 1:07:14 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: greene66

Can we cut aid to illegal aliens receiving both welfare benefits and healthcare on the Medicaid roles? Can we put a limit on whom is eligible to sign up for Medicare? No more living in the country less than 10 years and all of a sudden, you are receiving full Medicare benefits.

And howsabout we kick them out of the country, so my 19 year old son can get a job somewhere?


45 posted on 01/06/2011 1:09:41 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: ConjunctionJunction

So let me see if I’ve got this straight. Here we are in the middle of 2 wars, muslim terrorists coming at us in all directions, a nut job in N. Korea with nukes, another nut job in Iran with nukes, socialist nut jobs to the south of us, an open border on our south side leaking narco terrorists et al, but rather than stop money being spent on illegal immigrants, our “leaders” choose to gut our military. LORD HELP US.


46 posted on 01/06/2011 1:11:31 PM PST by exbrit
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Obama wants an excuse to leave Afghanistan before Election Day in 2012.

And, cutting the military plays well to Obama’s liberal base. However, as we have control of the House, we can still make Obama fund the military adequately.

BTW, Obama wants to increase welfare.


47 posted on 01/06/2011 1:34:12 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Whatever the Admin orders cut, the Congress can put back.

This article is a little misleading.

48 posted on 01/06/2011 1:37:07 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: MrEdd
How about we pull out of the Balkans entirely, and let old Europe deal with the Albanian Muslims and their Middle Eastern financiers and military backers all by themselves?

Good idea. Let's see if anyone in Europe has any balls left.

49 posted on 01/06/2011 1:41:32 PM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Well, the money for wealh redistribution has to come from somewhere.

“Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game.”
— Barack Obama


50 posted on 01/06/2011 1:43:23 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor - not a Community Organizer!")
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