Originally Posted by Sukio
Get this, in 1945 The defense budget for the U.S. was around 40%,
Now,it lands around 3, to 5%
With M1A2s, F 35s on the way, M 8 adapable small arms systems. All these facy M 4 Carbines and M 4 Acessories, You think our budget was around 50%
Don't think cause of that our military whine in dirty conditions, they are trained well, but not spoiled.
The defense budget at 40% in 1945 was because it was a World War. Thousands of Tanks, Planes, Ships, and Bombs were rolling off the assembly line and immediately into service. We won't see that type of spending again.
Originally Posted by ASTRALdragon
To add, I believe that most of our defense budget is being poorly spent. Too much of it is going into crazy technologically advanced weaponry when it should be going to the care and well-being of the ground troops. The ground troops should get more tech toys that allow them to do their job safely and effectively (i.e. bomb-defusing robots, body armor, X-ray guns, etc.). The vast majority of military combat today is focused on ground combat. Also, we need better retirement funding for our past, present, and future veterans.
The government should provide veterans full health care coverage when they retire. Current soldiers should get better body armor and bomb resistent vehicles. Too many people blow themselves up in Iraq.