Obama boasts that he has excepted the DOD from his spending freeze. And that’s true – but his five-year budget plan for the DOD is much worse than a spending freeze.
Obama’s Five Year Defense Plan, revealed by the Heritage Foundation (http://blog.heritage.org/2010/02/01/the-obama-five-year-defense-bud…), indicates that Obama plans to REDUCE defense spending (i.e. the defense budget) by a whopping $92 billion (in real terms) during FY2012, from the planned FY2011 level ($549 bn). This means that during just one fiscal year, he will reduce defense spending (in real terms) by a whopping $92 bn.
This would be a reduction of 16.75% from the planned FY2011 spending level and would bring defense spending down to $457 billion – the lowest level of defense spending (in absolute terms) since FY2003! The FY2012 defense budget, planned by Obama to be $457 bn, would be smaller not than most Bush budgets, most Reagan budgets, and some McNamara budgets.
This deep reduction of defense spending – which Obama promised to his extremely liberal voters – is a gift to extremely liberal members of the Congress such as Barney Frank, the socialist Congressman from Massachusetts, who recently demanded a defense spending cut of $1 TRILLION, which would mean abolishing the entire US military, because the DOD’s current budget (the FY2010 budget) is only $534 bn.
Make no mistake: a $92 bn defense spending reduction will render the US military impotent. It cannot be compensated with a new BRAC round, or a reduction of bureaucracies, or a reduction of fuel costs. It will force the DOD to cut programs that are truly necessary – e.g. modernization programs. This means that the DOD will be forced to stop modernizing the military. This means a sharp reduction of the military and a sharp reduction of equipment stocks.
Please call (or email) your Congressman and your Senators, and political candidates from your district/state, and tell them that you will never vote for them if they approve Obama’ defense cuts.