How would U.S. troops cut the budget?

  • Article by: Todd Harrison , Special to The Washington Post
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Do the proposed reductions consider the impact on the all-volunteer force? The question the Defense Department should be asking is not how to cut costs, but how to get better value for each dollar spent.

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gofurnuttApr. 22, 1312:05 PM

WoW...Nice to be a serviceman If you weren't being shot at or blown up....

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gandalf48Apr. 22, 13 1:08 PM

I thought our military was moving towards fewer soldiers and more drones...that alone would account for the increase in cost per soldier, more education required to perform your duty with high tech weapons. I suppose if we simply reduce the number of military personal the cost increases problem would solve itself.

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slackergalApr. 22, 13 1:10 PM

gofurnutt: The percentage service people that actually get shot at or blown up is a very small percentage of the armed services population. Take the AirForce and Navy...how many of these people have even see a war zone where people are shooting at them?

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slackergalApr. 22, 13 1:18 PM

How about shutting down all those extra bases located all across the globe? With our highly mobile military we ought to be able to arrive at just about any theatre of war in less than 72-hours.

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rshacklefordApr. 22, 13 2:32 PM

Re: Performance Based Bonus. So, the soldiers aged 18 to 29 prefer performance based bonuses and the 50+ group does not. And, it took panels (yep, plural there) and scores of experts to learn that fact? Perhaps it is because the younger ones are not making that much and see bonuses as way to make more. And, the 50+ group does not want (or feel a need) to compete? This reasoning does not require experts. How much did that MENSA level study require in tax dollars?!?

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ungabangavApr. 22, 13 3:15 PM

We could save a lot of money by issueing clips that are liminted to less than 10-shots.

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swmnguyApr. 22, 13 3:20 PM

If we knocked a zero off the Defense budget we'd still spend more than any other country in the world on our military.

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pumiceApr. 22, 13 4:00 PM

How would US troops cut the budget? Might they start by cutting out research support contracts with the Department of Defense, military Services and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency which provide the majority of funding for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments? Might they ask to compare the compensation (which the CSBA apparently begrudges our all-volunteer military) to private contractor compensation?

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comment229Apr. 22, 13 4:08 PM

Keep one military base on each continent.... that means we could close about 265 military bases around the world and use a small fraction of the troops we bring home to protect our southern border. When Americans wanted defense cuts, they were not talking about furloughing civilian workers. Most of them also wanted to see pork barrel military projects sponsored by certain politicians stopped too. Ask me if I am going to hold my breath?

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luzhishenApr. 22, 13 5:42 PM

Ever heard of a draft, you know, where everyone's kids - not just the poor or unemployed - get to fight the wars? Then you'd have less wars and less deficit.

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