Budget Cuts Could Allow Obama to Trim Military Expenses
2 months ago
Is that beneficial?
President Obama's administration officials see a possible benefit to the $46 billion mandatory budget cuts. Despite long being resisted by Congress, the cuts could mean military base closings, reductions in deployed nuclear weapons, scaling back in next-generation warplanes (especially the F-35, the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history), and a restructuring of the military medical insurance program. (The latter program costs more than America spends on all of its diplomacy and foreign aid around the world.) Though the programs wouldn't go away entirely, senior officers are saying that the reductions could easily exceed those mandated by the cuts and leave room for other areas the administration believes more money will be required like building drones, developing offensive and defensive cyberweapons and focusing on Special Operations forces. (NY Times)