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Should military spending be cut? Should the Pentagon budget be reviewed and subject to cutbacks?

  • Military spending should be cut in specific areas, as it's percentage of the total budget it excessive.

    Over 40% of the government's total yearly budget goes to military spending. Compare this to the rates of spending in other first world countries. For instance, the UK is 8% and France is 5%. Our total military budget exceeds the combined total of our 10 closest competitors in military spending. While defense is certainly important, the spending has become excessive and needs to be carefully reigned back.

    Posted by: jaanekyon
  • We are not in danger of invasion.

    No country in its right mind would seriously consider invading America, even if we have half the military we did now. Why? Nuclear weapons. The extreme tensions of the Cold War may have loosened, but the threat of a nuclear war keeps everyone from conventional warfare. If China (purely for example) attempted to send their military into the U.S, they risk us responding with a nuclear strike on their home soil. EVERYONE is terrified of these weapons that too many counties have, and the only reason ISIS and other terrorist groups are a danger is because they're a not a country, so nuking them is not a viable counterattack.
    The modern world of warfare is now economic and technological. And economically, we're falling far behind. Remember how we won the Cold War? It wasn't our massive military, tanks and aircraft carriers. We won because Russia collapse in on itself because it couldn't support its massive spending, and now we're in danger of that too.

  • Congress is neglecting our youth, our future.

    We are spending too much on defense. We already have the best and most advanced military technology, but we almost completely neglect education. I know that education and public funding for schools are managed by the state government, but there is so much that the federal government could do for public schools.

  • Defense Spending

    We need to pull our troops out of countries that no longer need our services. Congress is the ones forcing us to spend the extra dollars in support of their friends who want and need a large Military budget. Why are we spending money on Russia defense missiles? Enough is enough.

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  • Yes it should

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  • Cut and Redirect

    Citizens and government officials agree that the military can afford to cut some things. It is not the peoples fault if the area where money being taken from is actually needed, like soldiers pay and upkeep. Some Pentagon officials even suggested closing some of the bases the were not being used to their full potential. However some in congress do not want this to happen and will do everything in their power to make it a law that they can not be closed. That is where the cuts in wrong places come from. We should not cut the budget down too fast. Doing this would cause an even bigger issue as you are forcing the military to come up with a new budget plan to fast. That is how we lose a lot of troops and weaken our defenses. Using the bits of money taken each year from military it could be placed into other lacking departments such as education, science, and labor. With more funding comes more job opportunities and that will cause the welfare need to decrease saving more money. Then even less will be need from military as things start to balance out. Other ideas or concerns? I may have overlooked something and I am always looking for new information.

  • This is stupid of course yes

    Not only do we spend the most on the militsry then any country in the world, We spend more money then the last 7-10 countries combined!! Who r we fighting against. ISIS is not a legitimate threat and neither is Russia because their is a beautiful thing called NATO. If someone attacks us then we are well protected. Also we are also one of the dumbest first world countries in the world. So why spend so much on something so unproductive when we could cut just a little bit of funding to our Military and that can increase our funding for education by fifty percent

  • War is a bad investment.

    Too much money gets poured into foreign conflicts on the premise that we are "protecting American interests". This is simply not true, and it represents the governments unwillingness cut back on military spending. Since the war in Afghanistan during the Cold War, the US has seen no progress in attempting to resolve these conflicts, and instead brings about more conflict with higher and higher costs. It costs money, attention, and most importantly the lives of those who are brought to fight it.

    Even if we cut military spending by half, we would still outspend every other nation. That 20% reduction in spending can spur government revenue, pay off longstanding debts, and help provide welfare programs for traumatized veterans who fought these expensive and payed a great price.

    The first step towards domestic recovery is to stop exacerbating it with over the top military spending to be used in expensive unwinnable foreign conflicts.

  • Military budget should not be cut.

    Military needs to be strong, We want to be number 1 in power. We don't want to be the last in world. China has the biggest army. We should at least beat China. Yes we need to pull our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. We had enough. We did what we can.

  • Freedom isn't free

    We need to cut pork, fraud, waste and illegal immigration. The White House operational budget last year alone was $1.5 bil. With countries like China, Iran and North Korea threatening our security, and an unstable Middle East, we need to increase our defense budget. We don't need an ill-equipped, half depleted military defending our national interests. Proper troop levels, sound equipment and training are not only just, but necessary to maintaining a free state. You cannot allow our national defense to operate on a shoe string budget.

  • Military means safety

    Why would we want to cut the one thing that protects us. The U.S. has already meddled in so many other countries that friendships are definitely dwindling. No one expected to have a WW2 either but we did, and there is a possiblity that we will have a WW3. And think of all the people who have died for our country. How is it fair to take Americans out now when so many have already sacrificed their lives for us.

  • The government has three major roles.

    These are protection of its people, helping its people by promoting commerce and trade, and building things such as roads, bridges, etc. If we quit spending money on the military, it will go to the useless crap that much of it goes to now. We need to cut a little bit from the military, but the debt will be lowered once we cease spending money on the useless bills that Pres. Obama and company are trying to force trough.

    Posted by: jjow
  • Who will protect the right the Military has given us?

    We are the free, because of the brave. That saying says it all. Without the Military, we wouldn't have the freedom we do now. Cutting the spending, will slowly decrease the freedom we have. What will happen when we can't fight back? Other countries might invade our country and put our people in danger.

  • More military is better

    The united states of americas newest tank is a 50 year old design, Russia and China have been investing tons of money and people in new tanks, Russia says they are disbanding there nuclear program, there not, we have so far closed 18 minute man 3 sights. We have a week military at this point.

  • Obama is an IDIOT!!

    With all that is happening in Crimea and the Malaysian Airlines flight, we should be helping search for the airplane and help the EU. We are doing the opposite. The Pentagon is shrinking the army to pre-WWII amounts. This is an outrage! We should be a world superpower, not an nobody in military strength.

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    The continued paycheck increase for all troops also would be slowed from 40 percent since 2001 down to only 1 percent in the proposed budget. One-star generals and admirals and above would have their pay frozen. All housing budgets also would drop from 100 percent down to 95 percent, and commissaries would get cuts to some of the subsidies that keep prices at the on-base shops low.

    The Marine Corps would lose a significant number of troops, dropping from its current level of 190,000 to 182,000, and focusing on its traditional role of crisis response and maritime-based missions.

    Airmen also would say goodbye to the U-2 spy plane in favor of a drone alternative, the Global Hawk. This decision represents a broad approach for the military, enticed by the cost-effectiveness of unmanned platforms like the Global Hawk, as well as the Predator and Reaper drones that cut their teeth in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • No it should not

    It should not be cut for two reasons. One is that we could be threatened by other countries at any point in time. Also that we have to cut this because of our downfall in money if it was not for the economy's money crisist we would not have to cut. Plus the number has not changed just are money crisis

  • It puts us in a for worse position if there were an attack.

    I am doing a current event on military budget cuts for my government class and these are just some of the cuts that they're doing:

    The number of Army soldiers would fall from 520,000 current active troops down to between 490,000 and 440,000 -- a level unseen since the end of World War II. If sequestration persists through 2016, that number could fall to 420,000.

    The continued paycheck increase for all troops also would be slowed from 40 percent since 2001 down to only 1 percent in the proposed budget. One-star generals and admirals and above would have their pay frozen. All housing budgets also would drop from 100 percent down to 95 percent, and commissaries would get cuts to some of the subsidies that keep prices at the on-base shops low.

    The Marine Corps would lose a significant number of troops, dropping from its current level of 190,000 to 182,000, and focusing on its traditional role of crisis response and maritime-based missions.

    Airmen also would say goodbye to the U-2 spy plane in favor of a drone alternative, the Global Hawk. This decision represents a broad approach for the military, enticed by the cost-effectiveness of unmanned platforms like the Global Hawk, as well as the Predator and Reaper drones that cut their teeth in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The Navy would scrap the 20 extra littoral combat ships (LCS) it originally thought it would build, leaving the force of “vanilla platforms” designed to fight submarines and find mines at its current projected level of 32. Concerns over the LCS’ ability to operate in a hostile environment has prompted the Pentagon now to develop a more lethal alternative.


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