Friday, September 30, 2011

The Debate On U.S. Defense Cuts Continues

U.S. soldiers fire at an enemy hiding position during Operation Tofan 2 in Suri Khel, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2011. Soldiers worked to clear insurgents from the town and prevent their return. The soldiers are assigned to 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Watson

Budget Cuts Would Hollow Military -- Washington Times

A new congressional report spells out in detail how the military would become “hollow” if Congress‘ supercommittee fails to agree on deficit reductions, triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts.

The Army and Marine Corps would lose 200,000 troops, bringing active strength “well below” pre-Sept. 11, 2001, levels, and the armed forces would not be able to carry out its essential mission, says a 14-page analysis by the Republican majority staff of the House Armed Services Committee.

The report also says the cuts would deplete weapon systems, further degrading the fighting capabilities of the armed forces.

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More News On The Debate On Impending U.S. Defense Cuts

White House seeks more Pentagon budget cuts -- Reuters
Some fear cuts may hurt US defense industry base -- Reuters
Analysts assess impact of defense cuts on US jobs -- Reuters
Shocking reality of a shrinking military -- Simon Mann, Sydney Morning Herald
Cohen: Cuts Need Not Hobble U.S. Military -- Defense News
Analysts Call for More 'Honesty' in Defense Budget Debate -- National Defense
Elites Are Wrong; Deep Cuts Won't Damage Military -- Winslow Wheeler, Aol Defense

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