Tough Cuts: Does $100 Billion in Military Spending Keep Us Safe?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., boards a UH-60 Blawkhawk Helicopter in Sharana, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2010. (U.S. Army/flickr)

When lawmakers are looking at ways to balance the budget, the gargantuan amount of military and defense spending would seem an obvious choice. The Fiscal Commission has found nearly $100 billion in potential cutbacks within the military apparatus by 2015, which include reducing the size of the Navy, rethinking health care benefits for veterans and pulling troops out of bases in Europe and South Korea.

Another bipartisan group, the Debt Reduction Task Force, has gone even further. They released a report on Wednesday calling for a freeze of all military spending, and reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 30,000 by the year 2013. If Congress approved all of these proposed defense cuts, what effect would it have on America and its ability to defend itself in the future?  

We are joined by retired Army Colonel Paul Hughes of the US Institute for Peace, a member of the Independent Panel that assessed the Pentagon's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.


Paul Hughes

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [2]

Joshua Bennett from Detroit

The interview in which I just heard,is truly what is the matter with Military culture. I understand cuts need to be mad to some entitlements.Yet if you cut more deep, then pet projectson new toys their is no incentive for the bulk to serve.Patriotism can only lead so much for service. Yet, if I see just the start of cut backs. The end solution will probably be contractors.
Just my humble opinion

Nov. 18 2010 08:49 AM
al sullivan from Jersey City

Asking this guy where to cut the defense budget is like asking a junkie how to cut himself off from his drugs. He talked about keeping America safe and defending the national interests when it is the defense industry interest he seems to want to keep safe

Nov. 18 2010 08:42 AM

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