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Major budget cuts could have ramifications for all US military branches in the years to come.

Due to increased scrutiny and frustration, the U.S. federal government is shifting monetary budgets with procurement and research and development projects likely receiving a $66 billion cut if spending caps aren’t adjusted. 
The current five-year spending plan is more than $115 billion above mandated defense-spending caps, which could have major ramifications.  The budget cuts would hit everything from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to the Airbus Light Utility Helicopter and Boeing KC-46 tanker.  In addition, the U.S. Army wouldn’t be able to acquire new Black Hawk helicopters and Stryker double-hull vehicles might also face cancellation.

Boeing KC46A Tanker [Image Source: Wikipedia]
Moving forward, the DoD will focus on research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), with an estimated $63 billion spent in 2014 alone.  One of the business sectors of the RDT&E program, the Future Years Defense Plan, will see its budget continually drop – from $20 billion in 2009 down to $10 billion by 2018.
“There’s a difference between spending money and spending money smartly,” said James Hasik, Atlantic Council senior fellow.  “There are folks out in the world who make the argument that you have to spread money around the world wildly, because money spent on research is just good because it just leads to development.  This is not a compelling argument because there are dead ends against which you can continue to apply money and not get very far.”
DoD officials want to make sure basic research funding and early-stage development both receive funding through the red tape, though this will force other future military technology research onto the shelf.  
Congress is evaluating another wave of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) papers in 2017, giving the DoD the ability to close bases on an individual basis.

Source: Defense News

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RE: US was folowing the USSR
By michael67 on 4/22/2014 3:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
Most of these conflicts, all BS and politics aside, have crap to do with US interests (like the Ukrainian deal).

Actually a large conflict in the Ukraine you gone feel in your pocket to, Ukraine's primary exports are iron, steel, mining products, agricultural products, and machinery.

Just take agricultural, if the Ukraine would become more stable it could become also more efficient.

Reforms could release more agriculture potential.

Ukraine’s economy used to ride on the strength of the country’s agriculture exports, mostly grain. But the country’s status as the breadbasket of Europe is crumbling. Today, agriculture makes up less than 10 percent of GDP. According to the World Bank, “Ukraine has tremendous agricultural potential” but “this potential has not been fully exploited due to depressed farm incomes and a lack of modernization within the sector.” Insecure land ownership and an inefficient registration system have also held back Ukraine’s farming sector, but it has improved in recent years.

In 2012, Ukrainian agricultural exports increased by nearly 40 percent to $17 billion, according to Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, the Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. In 2013, corn exports grew by one-third from the previous year. On Wednesday, Ukraine’s prime minister, Serhiy Arbuzov, said the country plans to increase its foreign exchange reserves this year with $20 billion of agricultural products.

Whit food prices already so high, a conflict would only rice them quicker, and if you think you will not be affected, think again, your food prices are largely depended on world prices.

Welcome to global economic.

RE: US was folowing the USSR
By Spuke on 4/22/2014 4:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually a large conflict in the Ukraine you gone feel in your pocket to, Ukraine's primary exports are iron, steel, mining products, agricultural products, and machinery.
No. Dude I live in the US, we don't get any of that from them.

Iron - Canada
Steel - China BY FAR
Mining - Japan and Germany
Agricultural - All US

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