So if you cut $330 billion from your budget and you replace it with about $130 billion in planned spending, did you really cut $330 billion?
Most people would say no.
Within DoD, you can often offer a “yes” answer, as the real issue becomes this: what programming/budgeting/funding position are you starting from and what assumptions are you making to begin with?
These are the basic questions being asked at Federal Times.
There’s also a version at Defense News:
“Most of the $400 billion in earlier DoD ‘savings’ that President Obama has attributed to Secretary Gates are not ‘savings’ in the ordinary sense of the word,” said Carl Conetta, co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives. “At best, they represent DoD marginally adjusting their programs and aspirations to marginally deal with spiraling cost growth.”
So, other than that the “savings” are true?