DoD Cuts In Tatters

Posted: December 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
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From DoD Buzz:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ budget strategy of deferring defense budget cuts by offering $100 billion in efficiencies looks to lie in tatters as pressure for Pentagon cuts rises to seemingly unstoppable levels.

Yes, life’s just a cocktail party on the street.  Dee oh dee.  It’s in tatters.  It’s been shattered. 

The “strategy” referenced—to come up with cuts and let the services reinvest those towards modernization—never made any sense to begin with because DoD doesn’t get to set its own budget.  Oh, and was $100 billion over five years.

(T)he nation’s Nr. 2 uniformed officer says DoD is bracing for cuts and one of the top independent defense analysts has joined the defense cuts bandwagon, arguing the nation can afford to cut up to $60 billion annually even as we wage two wars.

Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters yesterday the Pentagon will lose some of the money harvested from the $100 billion in efficiencies the services have identified.

Who does set the DoD financial plan?

The Office of Management and Budget is expected to give the Pentagon its topline numbers as early as next week.

There will be cuts.


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