Posts Tagged ‘McCain Defense Budget’

Boots on the Ground or Weapons in the Sky?

October 31, 2008

Budget Crunch Forces U.S. Military to Choose Which Form of Defense to Pursue; This-War-Itis vs. Next-War-Itis

Aviation Calendar 2009

Aviation Calendar 2009

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For years, the military has been roiled by a heated internal debate over what kind of wars it should prepare to fight.

One faction, led by a host of senior officers, favors buying state-of-the-art weapons systems that would be useful in a traditional conflict with a nation like Russia or China. The other side, which includes Defense Secretary Robert Gates, believes the military should prepare for grinding insurgencies that closely resemble the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The dispute has long been largely academic, since the soaring defense budgets in the years since the September 2001 terror attacks left plenty of money for each side’s main priorities.

That is beginning to change, a casualty of the widening global financial crisis.

Read the entire article at The Wall Street Journal.

Panel: Fiscal Constraints Will Force Next Defense Secretary to Consider Program Kills

October 31, 2008
Naval Calendar 2009

Naval Calendar 2009

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The next defense secretary will inherit a vexing set of financial challenges that demand an “all-or-nothing” approach to cutting the defense budget, including weapon systems and even personnel accounts, according to a key Defense Department advisory panel cited by Defense News (subscription required).

Such “bold action” would mark a departure from the less politically painful and more common practice of dealing with fiscal constraints by imposing small cuts across all accounts, the Defense Business Board says in a new report.