So a $500Bn budget “hollows out” the DoD? BS.
It would help if Conservatives didn’t lie to protect their special interests, of which the military budget is just one.
EVERYTHING needs to be cut. But just because one thing isn’t cut that deserves to be cut doesn’t mean we need to lie about everything else. Then again this is the la-la land of lying Democrats and lying Republicans.
We’re so screwed.
Sequestration Will Drastically Shrink the Military and Harm National Security
Secretary Panetta calculated that sequestration represents a reduction of nearly 20 percent in DOD funding over the next ten years. According to Secretary Panettas November 14 letter to Senators McCain and Graham, reductions at this level would mean:
The smallest ground force since before World War II
The smallest Navy since before World War I
The smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force
The smallest civilian workforce in the history of the Defense Department
Panetta continued in that letter to warn that sequestration would effectively eradicate an entire generation of military modernization, potentially including:
Termination of the Joint Strike Fighter and next generation bomber
Delay of the next generation ballistic missile submarine and cuts to our existing sub fleet
Cancellation of the littoral combat ship
Elimination of all modernization of ground combat vehicles and Army helicopters
Despite over 350 base closings in five rounds of BRAC, sequestration could lead to another round of closures. Reductions under sequestration would put our military and national security at risk.
Panettas own analysis affirms sequestration would :
Undermine our ability to meet our national security objectives
Generate significant operational risks and delay response time to crises, conflicts, and disasters
Severely limit our ability to be forward deployed
Severely reduce force training and threaten overall operational readiness