Be honest. Shouldn’t $500Bn be more than enough?
More than enough for what? When you start looking at how DOD spends its money, you can see how the choices will be very difficult. Personnel costs are more than a quarter. Then you have training and operations costs. And there is the long term procurement of major weapons systems to maintain the technological edge in the future. Once you start making major personnel cuts, it becomes very difficult to reconstitute the force. DOD has made a major investment in training. And if we fail to modernize our force, we will pay the price in the future.
Obama has already made major cuts in our military. Another $50 billion a year for a decade will hollow out the force. I believe our military leaders. And where will those savings go? To keep funding the welfare state including Obamacare.
We are having the classical fight of Guns vs Butter that occurs in declining powers and civilizations. Butter always wins because it has more constituents. Look what has happened in Europe. They are spending 1% or less on defense. They have lost the power to project power and defend their interests. The French can't even send its troops to Mali without our logistical support.