DoD Shifts Spending Focus, Prepares for Technologies of the Future
April 22, 2014 12:02 PM
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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
Airbus Light Utility Helicopter
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.
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RE: US was folowing the USSR
4/23/2014 3:02:59 PM
"For those at home who are keeping count, 2013 Defense spending was just 18% of total federal budget. Entitlement spending was more than 60%."
I'd love to know where you get your numbers?
First of all social security, medicare and medicaid shold not be lumped in with SNAP and welfare. People that work every week of their adult lives pay into those programs and I have no problem with a pensioner drawing on them. Welfare and SNAP otoh do not require that you ever worked at all to be elegible. So conflating these different types of programs only serves to bump up the numbers of so called 'entitlement' costs.
Defense spending is simply not as low as you make it seem. If you go strictly by the NDAA bills it may appear that low. But there is an enormous amount of earmarks and pork that show up in unrelated legislation. In fact it literally takes a full time staff just to keep up with the flurry of spending that goes on in the Iron Triangle. And then there are the black budget expenditures that we are not allowed to know about until many years later.
And factually the DOD budget has been cut back, but in terms of total spending, it has only been cut by a very small token amount.
Military spending was not cut significantly after the end of the cold war. And it appears that Dem and GOP hawks will make sure that it is not cut at the end of Iraq and Afghanistan either.
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