Too much spending on defense?




 
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July 30th, 2008  
Lunatik
 
 

Topic: Too much spending on defense?




Or should it be even more?
July 30th, 2008  
c/Commander
 
 
There's two problems with the current US defense spending strategy, and neither of them have anything to do with the total money being spent. The first is that we're spending a lot of money on all of the wrong things - for example, making $140m F-22s a priority when there's still a shortage of up-armored HMMWVs and body armor.

The second problem is wasted funds. Too many projects get bogged down and end up costing far too much, which usually results in their being canceled - for example, the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and DDG-1000 programs. Problem is, we need new ships - the frigates the LCS was due to replace were designed 35 years ago for a different war and mission, and the land-attack capability DDG-1000 was supposed to provide the Navy was previously facilitated by BBs - nearly twenty years without a viable replacement. It's time to cut the pork and make it clear that spending overages will not be tolerated - we could do so much with our budget, but extra spending keeps getting in the way.
July 30th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Same here. A lot of basic things that need to be filled aren't being done and they're thinking about sending cyborg soldiers into the front lines. Just give us a helmet worth half a damn first and then we'll talk.
South Korea STILL has its own OICW program. It's a pile of sh*t weapon. I can tell just by looking at it. Look at the SIZE of the damn thing.
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July 30th, 2008  
major liability
 
 
Have you seen the French OICW counterpart? It's HUGE.

I don't think we're spending too much on defense, we're just not spending it well.
July 31st, 2008  
Lunatik
 
 
How can we spend on military as much as the rest of the planet combined but also be the most peace loving country among all?

July 31st, 2008  
c/Commander
 
 
Peace through strength?

Are you sure you're a reservist?
July 31st, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Sun Tzu's Art of War. Be so strong that no one will pick a fight with you. Whether or not you pick a fight with someone else is a different question entirely.
July 31st, 2008  
Lunatik
 
 
Well, Chinese are one of the oldest standing civilizations, he must have made quite a few good points.

c/C, I am.
July 31st, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
The Chinese are brilliant. That's our problem.
July 31st, 2008  
mmarsh
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Sun Tzu's Art of War. Be so strong that no one will pick a fight with you. Whether or not you pick a fight with someone else is a different question entirely.
That statement isnt always true though, Hitler and Japan both picked a fight with US and Russia as did al Qaeda.
 


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