Comments on: Drum circle of the war hawks http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/2011/12/15/drum-circle-of-the-war-hawks/ Bridges, budgets, bonds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:29:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: halseyjr61 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/2011/12/15/drum-circle-of-the-war-hawks/comment-page-1/#comment-612 Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:45:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/?p=6057#comment-612 While the United States is in a serious financial problem with huge government and trade deficits I fear that deep cuts into the US military will lead to a seriously weakened force. The article I just read and am commenting on states that the US far outspends other nations in the military sector with China a far second place. The other nations listed I am not concerned about as they are US allies but China is actively modernizing and expanding their military and they can do this for far less capital than the US because China can do so with little profit in the equation. We must remember that most industry in China is run by it’s military. Couple this with low labor costs and it’s acquisition of western technology through US corporations that have moved production to China, entered into required agreements for licensed and joint production of high technology systems such as aircraft, communication, computing systems and others and China can produce high technology military systems for far less than the US.
The days of the Pentagon being a ‘cash cow’ for US defense companies is coming to an end. US defense contractors must reduce huge overhead such as high salaries for multiple executives by thinning out the upper ranks and concentrating on producing products for the military with a sense of nationalism such as China’s military suppliers. US defense contractors have always viewed military systems as high profit ventures and this mentality must change. Profit should be in the equation but realistic. The term COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) is becoming more common in use by the Pentagon in incorporating technologies in future weapons systems in dealing with funding cuts but the same is available for China to use. The US must maintain a strong, technologically advanced and sizable force as China continues to gain strength economically and militarily and has demonstrated that it is engaged in gaining power through control of the world’s dwindling natural resources and increasingly becoming bolder in international matters such as territorial rights and the issue of Taiwan. China is on a mission to replace the US as the world’s superpower and the US must be in a position to counter China as it becomes more vocal and forceful in it’s intentions.

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By: Chieftain http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/2011/12/15/drum-circle-of-the-war-hawks/comment-page-1/#comment-610 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:50:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/?p=6057#comment-610 The only reason the American Defense cost LOOKS so high is that the retirement, VA and other costs are included in the defense totals. The other countries do not do that for their defense costs.

There are area’s that defense costs may be cut. But most of those were congressional pork when first created and are still political pork.

So like any good politician, the weapons that our troops need to stay alive are given short shrift, and the Political Pork continues unabated.

Go figure.

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” PJ O’Rourke

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By: gordo365 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/2011/12/15/drum-circle-of-the-war-hawks/comment-page-1/#comment-609 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:20:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/?p=6057#comment-609 Defense spending (not including wars) has doubled since 9/11. Can we trim 10% without weakening US dominance in world? Of course!

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By: decentralimprov http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/2011/12/15/drum-circle-of-the-war-hawks/comment-page-1/#comment-608 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:51:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/muniland/?p=6057#comment-608 usgovernmentspending.com aggregates federal, state & local spending on national defense. including portions of DHS, state, energy & other departments with military function + special appropriations, they have estimated total national defense spending in 2011 at $900 billion. this doesn’t include accruals for long term liabilities of soldiers injured and a series of other unfunded benefits. this is a $1 trillion annual cost easy with all things considered.

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