Stimulating the troops…
Contributed by J D
J. D. Pendry
A revisit of that quote and everyone should be clear on what the President intends when he tells the Joint Chiefs to cut their fiscal year 2010 budget request (fiscal year 2010 begins October 1, 2009) by 55 billion dollars. There are only a few places where the defense budget can be cut. Personnel costs are fixed. The only way to reduce that cost is to slow promotions, reduce the size of the force (something that many argue effectively needs to grow) or reduce pay, benefits or the services provided to active duty families. For example, as I mentioned last week, the Congressional Budget Office proposal to have active duty military family members pay for their healthcare. The cuts, when they come, will be in the areas dangerous to the Armed Forces, much the same as they were under the Carter and Clinton Administrations.
Posted by: Smorgasbord
If Obama keeps his promise of reducing our nukes and reducing the military budget, one reduction that would be automatic is the size of our forces. If you were in the military, and your Commander And Chief reduced the hardware you are and will be using in the future, would you reenlist when your time is up?
During Bill Clinton's tenure 80% of the pilots refused to reenlist. I don't see very many service personnel reenlisting when Obama takes away most of their hardware.
Posted by: Smorgasbord | Feb 4, 2009 11:56:02 PM