Skip to comments.Weighing Pentagon Cuts, Panetta Faces Deep Pressures
Posted on 11/06/2011 7:57:57 PM PST by RummyChick
Under orders to cut the Pentagon budget by more than $450 billion over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is considering reductions in spending categories once thought sacrosanct, especially in medical and retirement benefits, as well as further shrinking the number of troops and reducing new weapons purchases.
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He’s a Clintonista. He has talked as if he supports Defense, but I believe he wants nothing more than to eviscerate the place. It’s people that count, and he’s suggesting cuts that will make quality people stay away.
That’s what happens when you put a Communist crook in charge of the Defense Department. At least clinton had the good sense not to stick his pet thug in there.
Does Obama have any qualified people AT ALL in the top positions of his government? Nobody comes to mind.
Bad news for me, and for the USA in general.
Panetta was confirmed 100-0 by the Senate.
I think military bennies and pensions are out of control but if anything our govt should do FIRST before touching the military is fire about 25% of the federal workforce....seriously....we need soldiers more than we need bureacrats....
So are we to go back to more in the military on food stamps while we “give” illegal aliens more than we give the defenders of our nation? Are we talking about members in the military paying for their own medical insurance as NObama once let slip? If that is what we are looking at than say good-bye to an effective military. Say hello to one giant welfare program with San Francisco style bath house mentality.
End all use of military aircraft for non-military use.
End all use of military facilities to non-military.
Have state dept. provide all security to all embassies and Consulates.
CLOSE ALL BASES IN JAPAN,SOUTH KOREA, GERMANY, ENGLAND, ETC.
.........GROUND AIR FORCE ONE. REPLACE IT WITH A C-147
Just a start.
The war with Iran will more than take care of this. It’ll also take care of the so-called Supercommittee. Thanks RummyChick.
There are more state public sector employees in New Jersey alone then there are active duty Marines in the entire USMC.
This is an atrocity and needs stopped!!!They want to ponzi scheme the government further with wasteful spending too make who should be serving us even wealthier and cut retired military and health care!THEY MUST BE STOPPED!
It does make you wonder.
He could eliminate stupid paperwork for MIL-Spec manufacturing and have more to spend despite the cuts.
where do our candidates stand on this? looks like the Tea Party doesnt think the cuts are deep enough? Apart from the prospect of the automatic cuts, some Republicans have already criticized the administrations planned reductions as dangerously severe. Some Tea Party members and liberals, by contrast, have argued that the administrations reductions are too modest
I want the names of the Tea Party Members that endosre the cuts and more info!
Do you know which elected members of the Tea Party believe the cuts do not go deep enough? “Apart from the prospect of the automatic cuts, some Republicans have already criticized the administrations planned reductions as dangerously severe. Some Tea Party members and liberals, by contrast, have argued that the administrations reductions are too modest
No matter what I think of Panetta, I believe the military has a ton of waste. Some suggestions:
Trim Flag / General Officer perks (e.g. private plane usage)
Cut Flag and General Officers. I read a military white paper once on how we have multiples of the number of generals and admirals than is really necessary for the size of our armed forces.
Cut the officer corp in general. Allow mid-grade officers to retire early with partial pensions and benefits.
Cut pensions and retirement benefits for non-combat vets. IMO, doing powerpoint presentations CONUS for 20 years shouldn’t guarantee the same benefits as some grunt who took rounds and will have a hard time transitioning to a civilian job.
One of my beefs is that REMFs seem to have absorbed the same Culture of Sloth that infects civilian gov’t employees. This needs to change too.
That said, we do not need military bases in every other country. How bout they close some of those?
Cutting benefits to veterans, those who are currently serving with the expectations of benefits promised when they went in, and those who will be less likely to sign up in the future is just wrong for our military and the country.
One of his main goals for years. He is enjoying this, as his boss is as well.
Wasn’t he one of the more classier/least partisan showing; slick willy lawyers?
Our Tea Bag Rep..Ryan, supports the cuts to military entitlements.
The amount of redundancy in our “intelligence” gathering entities is absolutely insane. But let’s not make any cuts there....
In what he described as the most sensitive of the potential cuts facing an all-volunteer force, Mr. Panetta said the Pentagon was considering raising fees for the militarys health insurance program, Tricare. Today, military retirees and families, who are guaranteed Tricare for life, pay only $460 a year in fees far below what they would pay if they worked for a private employer although a modest increase for new enrollees began last month.
The White House and Pentagon have made clear that Tricare fee increases would be phased in over a few years and would affect current retirees and troops serving today when they retire. Health care costs for the Pentagon, the nations largest employer, total $50 billion a year, or about a tenth of its base budget. Ten years ago, health care cost the Pentagon $19 billion, equal to about $25 billion in todays dollars.
This will have a very adverse affect on our retirement. It is not fair to compare the military to the private sector. The military recieves more in benefits because they take more risks, make less money and make more sacrifices than most in the private sector. There may very well be protests in DC that make the OCW crowd look like girl scouts.
I believe they are going to protect most military benefits using them as an excuse to raise taxes.
“....we need soldiers more than we need bureacrats....”
The left/Liberals always see Defense as a financial affront for their pet social programs.They take their cue from European Socialists who built their programs on the backs of American taxpayers that provided the military might/prowess for their national defense....
If only we didn’t have all that military we’d be as great as Europe..../s