The Pentagon is now facing a $46 billion mandatory spending cut. Now that the White House feels it has leverage with the Republicans, they may resort to using the president’s own sequester to lobby for even deeper cuts in military programs.
Programs the White House has set their sights on long ago.
What is on President Obama’s ideas of desirable cuts from his perspective? More base closings, even further reductions in deployed nuclear weapons and weapons stockpiles, a restructuring of the military medical insurance program and a scaling back of next-generation weapons programs. That would include the celebrated F-35 warplane.
Where does Obama see the need got more funding? Drones, cyber weapons and special operations forces will all receive added funds, according to The Times. The general feeling among budget-cutters is “slice everything by 8 percent no matter what.”
The Pentagon recently announced a “bottom up” review concerning every major military program and weapons system. The idea is to reassess them one by one.
The biggest nightmare for Pentagon brass is the instant rewards that can be boasted about by digging deep into various areas where major cuts can be made. Luckily, where there is the most concern regarding cutting the size of active-duty forces, involve programs that have the staunchest defenders in Congress.
The question is just how far this White House intends to downsize the most powerful military force on Earth?
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