U.S. armed forces get huge chunks of money each year from Washington
to fund various of programs across multiple branches of the military.
Some of the branches such as the U.S. Air Force seem to grab the
lion's share of the new projects in the eyes of many Americans. At
the same time, arguably the most exposed and at risk personnel in the
U.S. armed forces, the grunts of the Army, go with the same equipment
that has been used for years.The U.S. Air Force has many of
the highest profile projects in the military including the tanker
debacle that has been ongoing for years (and a winner still
hasn't been announced). The Air Force also has the high profile and
high cost F-35
Lightning II program that is over budget. The Air Force has
many major projects in progress and is looking to add another new
project to that list with USAF Secretary Michael Donley making
the case for a new long-range bomber.According to Donley,
the new bomber would be focused on conventional long-range strike
missions and will rely on existing technology to keep costs down. The
bomber would be a stealth aircraft and purchased in larger quantities
than the B-2 and serve for more than 30-years. General Norton
Schwartz said the service hopes to finalize what it wants in the new
bomber in time for the 2012 budget submissions and that the aircraft
will be “optionally manned”. Presumably optionally manned would
mean the aircraft could operate as a UAV or a conventional piloted
"We are confident that a modern long-range strike platform not
only has been, but should remain, a critical tool in the nation’s
arsenal. Their ability to range the planet with operational
flexibility have proven their value time and again."This
isn’t the first time we have heard of the Air Force wanting a new
bomber. In May of 2009, the U.S. Air Force started talking
about a new long-range bomber and in December of 2009, the
Force announced that it was "probably going to proceed
with a long-range strike initiative."While the Air Force
seemingly gets all the love, the U.S. Army is fighting a battle to
modernize its forces. Many of the new programs the Army had in
development over the last several years were ultimately cancelled.
Notable cancellations included the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter and
replacements for some of the self-propelled Howitzer canons fielded
by the Army.Despite the cancellations, Lt. General Daniel
Bolger has defended
the modernization program and maintains that the most
important part is the modernization of the network for the Army.
quote: Do we send in a few seals to assassinate Saddam
quote: Should we not have dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki even though doing so saved countless more lives than were lost? Me thinks if idiots like you were in charge back then, you'd rather have had hundreds of thousands of Americans die and millions of Japanese just to say you didn't drop it.
quote: What would we say if one of those bombs ended up in Detroit at the GM plants in 1945.. It would be a tragedy unheard of at the loss of innocent American civilians.
quote: Ask the tens of thousands of innocent people who did nothing more than be born in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask their children or grand-children...
quote: Sure is, a major bitch especially when you're a kid and have done nothing to deserve it?
quote: Karma's another superstition.
quote: Now i hate al qaeda and the fing Taliban but we have killed to many civilians because we don't value their lives. And in a campaign of wining the hearts and minds it seems counter productive.
quote: Should we be deterred by more terrorists being created because they choose to blow up their own people in addition to our own?
quote: How very enlightened of you.
quote: Nuke them from orbit, if you want to do it right
quote: Didn't save any lives, but incinerated a lot of women and kids.
quote: Apparently, a lot of them live in the U.S.
quote: Here's aneasier question. How many terrorists do you create every time an innocent civilian gets killed? One extended families worth? How many is that? How about everyone in that neighborhood? What if it was a simple equivalent of a priest, how many then?Pick a number, any number. Use our own people as a guide for determining the magnitude. How many of them are now yelling YEEHAW in their language?
quote: Millions of innocents died on WW 2 via carpet bombing on civilian cities--this hasn't occured since then. Before you start harping on Iraqi civilian deaths, consider that the majority of them have been caused by suicide bombing terrorists, not collateral damage from military strikes.
quote: or any other typical "us vs them" mentalities.
quote: We are all human, and we all live on the same planet.
quote: You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
quote: If we're going to take the lead in the world, we need to set a good example.
quote: TERROR! to TERRORIZE the populace!
quote: Most of the major tension in the modern world is over religious matters
quote: Ah yes, Bush's fault. That makes only the 12375482344th time this week (I've heard this inept excuse).
quote: Obama is in exactly the same position that Nixon found himself in 1969 when he inherited the disastrous Vietnam War from the Democrats.
quote: The war is going on over there. Suicide bombers and all.
quote: I am... A conservative God-fearing man.
quote: But again your appalling ignorance is proudly on display.
quote: You're one of these guys who hates detail and prefers to cling to simple-minded, black-white generalizations that reduce the complexity of the world down to slogans like "it's either us or the terrorists".
quote: The better one is "God is on our side," as opposed to us being on God's side.
quote: YashBudini troll at large.
quote: "'I am not at all concerned about that,' replied Mr. Lincoln, 'for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.'"
quote: Is that the best you can do?
quote: Israeli oppression of the Palestinians
quote: "Bush has increased terrorism in the world."
quote: If that were true wouldn't Jordan or Syria take the Palestinians?
quote: A majority of the Jordanian population is already Palestinian. In fact, about as many Palestinians live in Jordan as in the West Bank and Gaza combined.
quote: You're a waste of time.
quote: No, I suspect the jury is no longer out concerning who is inept.
quote: I really can't work up much enthusiasm for either of these pols, but to claim that Obama doesn't bear any responsibility for your wars of the moment is very odd.
quote: ta da!, Bush is no longer president and another time-line can be established.
quote: and how else will Skynet ever be able to take control
quote: Political IQ test . What is the connection between these 2 facts?:
quote: And contrary to what the article says about using proven technology... Well, that's just BS.
quote: Is one of those wars your referring to the Korean war?
quote: Iraq may be looking up (tho even that is debatable) but what on earth did we get for our trillion dollars and 4400 dead?
quote: The infrastructure is now in worse shape than before the war.
quote: You can argue that Saddam Hussein was a butcher; but he wasn't our responsibility.
quote: Yes because it's important to have good "infrastructure" when you live in a place where you have no civil rights.
quote: we all agree Saddam was a bad guy
quote: He may have shot himself after viewing today's society
quote: I'll take the present, thank you, when I wouldn't have to worry about getting lynched for walking down the street with my wife.
quote: Really makes me wish John Lennon were still alive. :'(
quote: a womanizer who cheated multiple times on multiple wives.
quote: kicked his family pets
quote: that's just going too far.
quote: Just another liability...
quote: Again, that is their issue to work out.
quote: No UN membership...
quote: Radical Islam made it quite clear that they weren't just going to leave us alone. They are fighting a holy war against us wether we want to fight it or not.
quote: The UN serves no useful purpose.
quote: Then you add in the Taliban and Iranian operatives trying to stir up conflict.
quote: An ally in the center of the Middle East?
quote: Yes because it's important to have good "infrastructure" when you live in a place where you have no civil rights. Where you are dragged from your home and thrown into a wood chipper while your family is made to watch. Where whole villages are gassed and wiped out for no reason. Where tens of thousands are thrown in mass graves and buried.
quote: Nice apathy. If not ours, than who's?
quote: We invaded Iraq because of hard-nosed, cynical neocon realpolitik criminal nonsense.
quote: Don't BS me and tell me you didn't.
quote: That's why we went there. Americans were crying for blood and there were no other "targets" than an a$$hole dictator with ties to terrorist groups responsible for 9/11.
quote: Throw in some world sympathy and faulty intelligence (not just our faulty intelligence) and Iraq it is.
quote: So you're saying that no matter how much we f***k up a country, no matter how many of us die, no matter how much American wealth is squandered - and aren't you the guy who is always equating government spending with theft? - it's OK because we got rid of a bad guy.
quote: And these same people where all for Saddam when he was suppyling us with oil
quote: Even better, he's living the old bumper sticker, "My country, right or wrong."
quote: it's all about being a sheeple. Oil doesn't hurt either.
quote: "My country, right or wrong."What's wrong with that quote?
quote: We Americans are not perfect, we make mistakes, and it's not unpatriotic to think that others in the world might have something to teach us
quote: We Americans are not perfect, we make mistakes, and it's not unpatriotic to think that others in the world might have something to teach us.
quote: We Americans are not perfect, we make mistakes, and it's not unpatriotic to think that others in the world might have something to teach us. True patriotism is caring enough to want to improve the situation back home. Thinking that your country is always right no matter what it does is childish and dumb.
quote: others in the world might have something to teach us
quote: Who? Name some names. I can't wait to see this.
quote: Like every other country in Europe, Switzerland guarantees health care for all its citizens. But the system here does not remotely resemble the model of bureaucratic, socialized medicine often cited by opponents of universal coverage in the United States.
quote: Even better, he's living the old bumper sticker, "My country, right or wrong."What's wrong with that quote?
quote: I know the answer will be beyond your comprehension, but the problem? The mere fact you can even ask that question.
quote: And now your reasoning?
quote: The vote will be bought for American puppets
quote: Iraq and Afghanistan are both really messy, having no real physical infrastructure. Vietnam was soo winnable
quote: The casualty rates for both sides says otherwise.
quote: Vietnam was soo winnable
quote: The people in power (on both sides) were just using them as a stepping stone to satiate their own desire for power and control.
quote: Britain lost power due to the costs of fighting two World Wars (from start to finish, the US only gets involved toward the end) and movements of native people for independence. The UK is really not that big, doesn't have that many resources, and isn't terribly overpopulated.
quote: The only real way to have a permanent shift to the east is to have a war.
quote: Every time I hear reasons to spend big bucks to prepare for a large conventional war I just role my eyes.
quote: They can claim all the 'rights' they want, but if they drive this into a conflict I am quite certain that the US will not stand-by and have terms dictated to it.
quote: Your right. The expenditures for conventional forces and too many forward bases cannot last, nor will they. However, the strategic backbone will firmly remain in place.
quote: The USSR was completely different. First, they had total control in only a few places and minor influences in places like Eqypt or Syria.
quote: Economic power doesn't have to translate to world power. Japan has had plenty of opportunities to misuse their economic power, but don't do so. Instead they act with other nations toward advances that are mutually beneficial.
quote: The risk here is if a serious economic crisis develops in the US that can be 'politically' assigned to belligerent acts by China. A real war with China won't be like Korea. It will happen very quickly.
quote: Why do you think that WWIII never happened?
quote: Why do the rest of the more advanced nations in the world spend less? Because much of Europe relies on the US for military protection. They know we have a strong military and our required to protect them in the event of an attack.
quote: Iraq had no reason besides the POTUS wanting to get back at a petty dictator that got one over on daddy.
quote: we opened up long standing hatreds between the Sunnis and the Shiites, that eventually led to a bloody insurrection and civil war as the two sides viciously fought each other for power in the new Government.
quote: Committing ourselves to nation building in a country that has never had a functioning government was just dumb.
quote: Yes, not dumping a massive portion of their nations output on machines of war must be nice.
quote: Before WW2 we did very well for ourselves staying out of the worlds business
quote: You have to draw the line in the sand somewhere with military spending.
quote: HUH!? Before WW2 we engaged in isolationism and watched as European idiocy dragged us into the bloodiest most horrible war the world had ever seen, WWI. That's doing well for ourselves? In fact that's what WWI and WW2 should have taught us, if anything. Is that we can't sit here in our protected North America and think nothing that happens in the rest of the world effects us. SOMEONE needs to be proactive and guard against that kind of crap, and if it's gotta be us, than so be it.
quote: I agree with this, of course. But our military spending is something like 5% of GDP. You guys are making it seem like it's bleeding us dry or something. Our government is wasting a ton of money, but it sure isn't on the military.