Russia and China spend a lot more then that but they don't report as honest as America does. It's the same when comparing still births, infant mortality etc etc. Different countries put out the statitics in different ways.
Our airforce is actually getting old. What military programs do you want cut? I'd like to see. A lot of what is paid out is solider salries, benefits to vets etc. How many troops do you want cut? what bases do you want closed.
Remember once you close a overseas base if our military ever has to go their we will pay the price.
the countries mood seems a lot like how Americans felt after ww1. Just sick of war and wanting to withdraw from other countries problems.
We saw we that got us a couple decades later. I think we could find a lot of wasted money in our military spending but we shouldnt just cut military spending to the point we are going to regret it big time in 10 yrs.
Can't they just spending a few % a yr for a decade, forcing the military to adopt a mantra of trying to be effecient.
Hate to break it to you guys but i could see a huge war in the Mideast within the next yr. Israel is pounding the Gaza Strip. Hezzbollah if Assad goes under is through. They will probably antagonize the Jewish state enough that they go into Lebanon.
Turkey is being pummelled by Kurdish rebels on the border with iraq, and now has a problem with Syria and refugees. I keep thinking no way Russia lets Assad go down, if he does they could lose their one naval base in that region of the world.
The sanctions could run out of time for Iran and if that happens it would set the whole thing off. Or it could set it off.
is now the time to cut troop levels or deprive them of the tools they need to kick ass?