Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Five Military taking Fix That would ruin

In taking hysteria grips Washington, the Pentagon's top uniformed officers joining Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that on-the-board spending cut due to come into force on March 1 will cripple the American military and jeopardize the effectiveness of soldiers, sailors, and pilots.General Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, said that cutting $ 46 billion reduction in fiscal 2013 Pentagon budget, except for the last-minute political compromise, can shorten the training to 80 percent of the army. The Navy has delayed the deployment of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, leaving only a giant ship in the volatile region, even as tensions with Iran continue to boil. Air Force flying hour talking about the competition, leaving two-thirds of the pilots below an acceptable level of readiness. And so on.Flapdoodle. Military manufacturing a crisis to protect its wasteful, bloated, poorly designed budget. Quarantine, where orders do not think, across-the-board spending cuts, is a foolish way to force fiscal discipline. But the alternative, at least in the Pentagon. Panetta and the generals can say to Congress: We welcome your politicians backed himself into a corner and declining budgets. But let's show some big-ticket items that we can remove, rather than putting the process in a series autopilot.A destroying our colleagues at Bloomberg News pointed out that "the defense budget contains hundreds of billions of dollars for new generation aircraft carrier and stealth fighter , even Army tank says no need and combat vehicles are too heavy to maneuver in the desert or cross the bridge in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. "Read it and weep comprehensive expose. Or read it as an implicit roadmap for how to narrow a rational way.For military advantage harried members of Congress and their staff, not to mention the president and his aides, here's five ideas to cut the basic Pentagon budget will actually increase the national defense by instilling new spirit of fiscal discipline: 1. Soil error-laden F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. F-35 is supposed to produce a state-of-the-art stealth jet. Seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over cost estimates. With nearly $ 400 billion, the F-35 has become the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history and one that offers only marginal improvements to existing aircraft, according to Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonprofit policy in Washington. (On Friday, the Pentagon is based on 51-plane fleet of F-35s born after the invention of broken blades in jet engines.) F-35 is "worthy of murder, especially given the technical difficulties," said Blechman. "Putting the F-35 production in the years prior to the acquisition of the first flight test of malpractice," said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon undersecretary of acquisition, in February 2012. So, um, let's do something about it, Frank.2. While we do this, how the underground parking Combat Vehicles? To wind in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army since 2017 decline in some 72,000 years. However, we are prepared to spend up to $ 32 billion to buy the new 1904 Land Combat Vehicles, tank-like replacement for Bradley Fighting Vehicle. What the Army actually improved, smaller vehicle to get a moderate-sized forces in places with high vitality. 70-ton Combat Vehicle soil is not easily transported by air or sea, raises the question of "how fast it can be used in situations of conflict," according to the report (PDF) issued in January by the Congressional Research Service.3. On the subject of gas-guzzlers Army: Even the generals admit that they do not want or need the latest version of the familiar M1 battle tank. M1 is built to tackle off against Soviet tanks in the ground war in Europe, which thankfully never happened. Congress, however, wanted to keep distributing billions gut and renovate the old M1S. It makes sense.4. The littoral Combat Ship Dock. The Navy is developing two versions of the media bothered once billed as a ship, low cost versatile coastal patrols. SKB has doubled in price, more than $ 440 million ship. The evaluators determined that the weapons are ineffective, which means it can not survive in combat.5. Excessive bureaucracy must go. "One only has to spend 10 minutes walking around the Pentagon or military bases to see over and over," said former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in September at an event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He should know. As defense minister in 2009, he captured 20 weapons systems he thought unnecessary or too expensive, including the F-22 fighter aircraft. One place to start thinning bureaucracy: Staff Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office more than tripled the workforce, to 4244 in 2012 from 1313 in 2010, according to the Pentagon's annual report labor. (Bureaucrats means fewer memos and meetings bit Win-win-win ..) Why is it so difficult for the military budget significantly? Because lawmakers, including Republican small government, protecting businesses defend their country house Spartan cruelty. Although the Pentagon offered cut we've outlined here, Congress will almost certainly reject it. The senators and representatives are not the political courage to face the voters and tell them that the republic simply do not need guns hometown.Consider being built in their F-35. Mainly made by Lockheed Martin (LMT), the aircraft will have 1300 suppliers in 45 countries to support 133,000 jobs, according to Lockheed. "It's got a lot of political patronage," said Winslow Wheeler, director of the Defense Information Governance Centre Project in Washington. "Very, very few members of Congress want to say that this is an affordable dog and we need to get rid of it." So, instead of doing a strategic reduction in military spending could result in a leaner, more effective, the impoundment will result in fewer hours of training pilots and under-prepared army. The generals light their hair on fire, and lawmakers protect pigs. Ah, democracy.

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