Skip to comments.McCain to Navy: Get shipshape or face severe cuts
Posted on 07/28/2011 6:07:32 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
WASHINGTON Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., warned Thursday that the Navy could see the most severe budget cuts of all the services, especially if it doesnt get its act together on two major weapons systems that Congress has put under hot lamps: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship.
The Navy, McCain said,
could be the service thats most adversely affected.
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Mclame, I respectfully say, stfu.
Yeah John, cut down our ability to project the fact that it’s a bad idea to screw with us.
“NAPLES, Italy — More than a fifth of Navy ships fell short of combat readiness in the past two years, and fewer than half of the services deployed combat aircraft are ready for their mission at any given time.
With an ascendant China on the high seas and a potential $400 billion in Defense Department budget cuts over the next decade, the Navy is facing glaring deficiencies that are nothing short of alarming, the ranking member of the Houses Readiness Subcommittee said at a hearing this week.
The Navys deployed ships spend nearly 40 percent of their time under way with at least one major equipment or system failure, according to U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the subcommittee, which falls under the House Armed Services Committee.”
Will these cuts then allow the arming of the Muslim Brotherhood (aka al-Qaeda) in Libya, like you want, John?
Take THAT, you Hobbits! Back to the Middle Earth with you! I’m Luke Skywalker...and stuff.
Sounds like McLame is preparing the way to skip to the Marxist party with his buddies of the left. Expect the announcement soon.
This from the man who lost 5 planes!
There are so many things wrong with military procurement, its impossible to even start fixing it.
Congress budgets money one year at a time so companies build each item as a one-off rather than invest in automation.
Companies are rewarded for high costs because government limits profits to 10% over costs. Why cut corners and lose money?
The military wants big, expensive new technology bending sexy projects rather than incremental improvements. Big projects get you promoted. Little projects go unnoticed, so we get an F-35 rather than upgraded F-16s.
The objective of every project is to put as many dollars into every Congressmans district as possible. Purchases start even before the design is formalized. This front-loading means that design and production are concurrent; utter stupidity.
Each contract is loaded with special set-asides for minorities, ludicrous environmental idiocy and handouts to congressional favorites. (Too many contract problems to list here.)
This is just a fast blush at the problems. Where do you start?
I have an idea for ya John, put more women and gays on the ships. Yea, that will do it.
Does anybody think the Navy is going to put it chips on an airplane shared with the Air Force and a line of ships of a Zumwalt Class?
ANY CONGRESS CRITTER THAT VOTED TO GUT THE MILITARY VOTED TO BETRAY THE REST OF US AMERICAN CITIZENS. A government who does NOT keep their commitments to the Military, will NOT keep them to the average Joe or Jane citizen.
The Brits are now hinting that several regiments are marching home from the sandbox and straight into the history books. The Royal Navy is a shadow of what they had during the Falklands. Our Navy will be under Panetta’s sharp axe.
Just as China’s military is ascendent...
When was the last time an American President sent a carrier battle group through the Taiwan Straits as a show of resolution to China? It will probably never happen again. The South China Sea is becoming a Chinese lake.
I wonder when the last USN carrier battle group will leave the Persian Gulf, never for a carrier to return?
It’s the twilight of an era. In a way it reminds me of the British experience after 1945. Only there is no friendly superpower behind us this time to carry the load.
F-35. The ghost of McNamara's F-111 "multi-service fighter." Utter failure in that role. Found a home in ISR, at least. F-35 will not be built in meaningful numbers. VTOL version does not work.
LPD-17. Lead ship still a floating disaster. The rest built by commercial shipyards -- no quality control. Unions delay completions by years.
Mixed manning. A real winner. Making crew members of combatants from civil merchant marine sailors -- up to 50% of the crew. Disaster waiting to happen.
P-8. Too big and 20 years late. 18 hour flights with one crew. Good luck with that. Cannot do low-level ASW. Plan is to do all ASW at high altitude. Excuse me while I laugh for five or ten minutes.
New Fast Reaction Coast Guard Cutters. Hulls crack while moored. Main and O-1 decks come lose from hull. Very pretty and sturdy as Christmas tree ornaments. Comm suites don't work. A real plus in homeland defense.
Makes me want to cry for my sea service. Obama is accelerating the destruction of the military.
When you cut pay and benefits to the most under paid, over worked 1% of the population the answer is YES!
Go read the VFW alert I posted and see what BOTH parties are back room dealing of going to going back on their promises on. Then go read about the Bonus Army of WW1, the last time the gov’t broke their promises to the Military.
I read recently that they plan to cut the Navy budget by $10 billion. Is ACORN still going to get $8 billion?
donor quid pro quo palm greasing
And this is a change from the way things used to be exactly how?