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It’s Not A Real Cut

The BBC says that Gates cutting Pentagon budget by $78bn over five years

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has announced a $78bn (£50.3bn) military budget cut, in part by scrapping a $14bn amphibious fighting vehicle.

The cuts over the next five years come in addition to $100bn in internal savings already announced.

Those savings will be redirected to other defence programmes, but the new cuts slow growth in the overall budget.

This isn’t cutting the budget, it is reducing the growth in the increase. The DoD budget will still increase, even with these “cuts”. It is unlikely that much of what Gates has proposed will make it through Congress as it impacts defense contractors who will use their tame Congresscritters to oppose them.

2 comments

1 Steve Bates { 01.08.11 at 10:36 am }

But what if we need to fight an amphibolous war? What? Oh, well, that’s completely different. Never mind!

2 Bryan { 01.08.11 at 8:16 pm }

Sounded like Congresscritter King of Iowa until you passed the first question mark, because he wouldn’t have listened to facts.

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