The Department Of Defense Budget Is Being Reduced
The U.S. Department of Defense Budget estimates that estimated total US military spending at $911 billion. It covers the time from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
The estimated cost of the US military is paid for with tax revenue and by a combination of the costs of the warfighter’s pay. In addition to paying for the military personnel, the government also pays for other costs associated with maintaining our nation’s military. That includes purchasing the weapons and vehicles we use, operating bases, training facilities, and more.
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going on, there are a large number of possible sources for additional funding for the U.S. military budget. There are some items that have been proposed as part of the “sequestration” process, which would decrease the amount of money spent on the Defense budget.
If the United States were to cut its military budget, some of its critical components would not be available for operations. This includes the procurement of planes, helicopters, and fighter jets, and the maintenance of our submarines, missiles, and nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines.
Another thing that could cause the US Department of Defense budget to be reduced is if the U.S. decides to put some of its current assets into the storage or destruction of others. A good example is the storage of excess tanks and other vehicles at a facility in California. Other items that are under consideration include military aircraft, such as the F-15 Strike Eagle; the C-17 Globemaster III; and military ships including the USS Abraham Lincoln.
If the US decides to curtail its military force, it may be required to reduce some of its personnel, and cut some of its equipment. Some of this includes: reducing the number of ships and other vessels it has, or the number of troops at different locations. In some cases, the reduction of personnel will mean fewer jobs.
One thing that seems to happen more frequently with the U.S. military forces is that they become “greedy” and spend more money than they should. For instance, the U.S. Army spends a lot of money on expensive new weapons, and supplies for the military. They also use some of their budgets to buy expensive equipment, even though those costs may not be directly related to fighting.
Another thing to consider is that the US Department of Defense budget is based on several assumptions about future security challenges and threats. If something does not change, this funding could be subject to budget caps, and the current funding plan could be altered, making future defense spending impossible.
The United States has been working for quite some time on many new initiatives and weapons systems. However, with the “sequestration” budget cuts” processes, there is a great likelihood that this funding will be reduced, and that future technology and programs will no longer be available.
There are a couple of options to consider as ways to avoid the need for further cutbacks: to develop new technologies, and/or to devise better long term solutions. In particular, a “buy American” program to build new equipment, and keep current equipment well, can help to keep the Department of Defense budgeting on track.
Technological advancements are very important to the overall success of any military. One good example of this is the development of the first stealth aircraft and missile systems in the United States. This helped to make the United States much more capable in its ability to strike its opponents at long range, and in the air and at sea.
It is also important to note that the US must make sure it develops the next generation of technology. As we watch the technological development of new high tech weapons, we must also consider that future military bases and space vehicles will need to be capable of delivering the latest, most advanced technologies.
With these two elements and the economic environment that we currently face, it is understandable why the “sequestration” is taking place. In this case, it is in the best interest of the United States and its taxpayers to make sure that they cut back on their military spending while we continue to pursue a more balanced approach to the defense budget.