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Defense cuts of personnel will shift more cash to military industrial complex

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On March 2, former Congressman Ron Paul provided an in-depth look into the recent announcement by the Secretary of Defense to cut thousands of U.S. military personnel. According to Paul, Secretary Hagel's proposed cuts are simply 'smoke and mirrors' as monies formerly dedicated to soldiers, sailors, and airman would simply be funneled to corporations and interests within the military industrial complex.

Nevertheless, although the neocons make a big deal about this small cut in military personnel, in reality these are not military cuts at all. These are token proposed cuts in troop levels which Congress won’t allow the administration to do anyway. What Hagel proposes is not cuts, but instead a shift in spending away from personnel and toward new high-tech weapons which are favored by and profitable to the military-industrial complex. - Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute

Robotic and unmanned technology is quickly replacing tactical operations that used to require a human presence and intervention. Additionally, the U.S. has been employing more and more private security forces (mercenaries) in combat zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa, which are funded through corporate contracts and not through service affiliated agencies like the Army, Navy, or Air Force. These two changes in America's strategic policy is one of the reasons why keeping a large military force active is no longer necessary.

In November, high ranking military officials spoke before a House committee on the ever growing costs of military personnel, and how they now make up an increasing portion of the overall budget. It is from this hearing that Secretary Hagel created a new proposal to cut out much of the human element in military affairs, while at the same time is pushing for the same or even greater budgetary demands. This new policy would have less money going to U.S. service men and women, with the 'saved' costs can be transferred over to corporate entities, many of which employ recent and former military officers.

Both President Eisenhower and President Kennedy spoke upon the growing influences and power that the military industrial complex was acquiring, and how it was shaping military and political polices through the lobbying and buying off of Congressmen. And as the U.S. military shrinks down its human resources within the Department of Defense, the future of American war and peace will eventually be controlled by multi-national corporate entities that are answerable to no one.