Report: Further Cuts Devastating To Military

By: AP
By: AP
Republicans from the House Armed Services Committee estimated that defense cuts could reach $1 trillion over a 10-year period. They say that would be devastating to the military.

Defense spending (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans say automatic cuts to defense spending that will take place if Congress doesn't come up with a budget-reduction plan would be devastating to the military. They say the extra cuts would undermine the ability to simultaneously fight more than one war, put an all-volunteer military at risk and force layoffs of civilian workers.

Republicans from the House Armed Services Committee estimated that defense cuts could reach $1 trillion over a 10-year period. That's on top of cuts already slated under the deficit reduction package enacted in early August.

Under that act, a special bipartisan committee must find $1.5 trillion in additional cuts government-wide. If it fails, or Congress rejects its proposals, automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion would occur from the 2013 budget year, with half coming from defense.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Good. Nothing more to say other then, we don't need the Military Industrial Complex eating up over 70% of our federal tax dollars just because most americans believe the lie that we need wars. Try producing things that don't kill or destroy others. That is not as easy as killing others. We have never been able to afford our so called heros. Let the MIC turn to peaceful endeavors and then we should all support them and I would.
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      by Wayne on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to
      I guess you must be a socialist. Anyway, the military doesn't use up 70% of the federal budget, and most Americans do not believe we need the wars. What we need is a strong defense, and to keep our nose out of other countries' business.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to Wayne
        Defense spending is over 70% of federal taxes and most americans DON"T want these wars. All that money does not go directly to the army, navy, air force and ect. but does go to hide what the military contractors are doing. It is a fraud.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to
      @ Wayne, you are jumping to conclusions about me. I am retired air force who knows that enough is enough. We have been used and abused for the sake of these corporations and not for our safety. Blowback is what we are trying to fight against, nothing more.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    yeah ? what about to the civilian COS population ? We're already devastated by the lack of contracts being let by the five contracting squadrons...
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      by Bob on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:23 PM in reply to
      I understand what you are saying and I agree but we acn't keep spending what we don't have. This should have been stopped when Eisenhower warned us. If we didn't listen, the we must reap what we have sown. I am just as concerned as you and I believe all that exists is able to be turned into operations that can be made profitable and productive. We just have to be willing. We are americans after all and we can and will pull out of this if we take back OUR nation from those who have exploited us. Let's do this together. How about it guys? Business is not good for the civilians because the military does not really help our community. I wish I were wrong but we need only look around.
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