Friday, January 07, 2011

Question of the Week 07JAN2011 - The Pentagon's Cost Cuts

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stated Thursday that the nation’s “extreme fiscal duress” now required cuts in the size of the Army and Marine Corps, reversing growth in military spending that followed Sept. 11, 2001.
“This plan represents, in my view, the minimum level of defense spending that is necessary, given the complex and unpredictable array of security challenges the United States faces around the globe: global terrorist networks, rising military powers, nuclear-armed rogue states and much, much more,” Mr. Gates said.
The Pentagon’s proposed budget for 2012 is expected to be about $553 billion (excluding separate financing for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars). This will trim $13 billion from all of the services. The Pentagon budget is scheduled to shrink in real terms in both 2013 and 2014. For fiscal years 2015 and 2016, the plan is for the Pentagon's budget only to match inflation.
Question of the Week
What are the relative sizes of service budget reductions self-identified for the next 5 years by each of the military services? (rank from highest to lowest counting Navy-Marines as one). service)?
Answers Sunday.
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