|01-13-2012, 12:12 PM||#1|
Find $48-$98 Billion in Cuts
Here's a breakdown of the 2012 DoD Appropriations Bill. I welcome anyone to explicitly point out where they'd cut the $48-$98 billion sought. Much like LA Times' budget calculator dealing with CA's massive shortfall previously, most everyone will find different answers to the same problem.
- Do you aim for $48bill, $98bill or somewhere inbetween?
- Do you cut Operations and Infrastructure?
- Do you cut Procurement, R&D and classified programs?
- Do you fire large numbers of personnel or cut pay/benefits?
2012 DoD Total = $662 billion
Operations and Maintainence = $248,761,739,000
This includes war and policy spending, maintaining all equipment and bases, and R&D facilities, management and operational development, but not programs.
$89,159,616,000 = Army
$61,510,210,000 = AirForce
$50,194,136,000 = Navy
$9,778,174,000 = Marines
$26,919,603,000 = DoD wide
$11,200,000,000 = Afghan Fund
Military Pay = $186,745,541,000
$153,668,794,000 = Salaries
$33,076,747,000 = Healthcare
Procurement = $99,438,023,000
Everything from bullets to battleships and blankets.
$23,830,277,000 = Army
$22,161,837,000 = AirForce
$43,490,931,000 = Navy
$2,543,960,000 = Marines
$7,411,018,000 = DoD wide
Classified and R&D = $94,291,836,000
I separated classified out from Operations and Procurement budgets and added aspects of the R&D budget directly attributed to programs while listing facilities above.
$6,010,670,000 = Army
$39,028,663,000 = AirForce
$14,399,919,000 = Navy
$1,606,000 = Marines
$34,850,978,000 = DoD wide
**Disclaimer - Add all those up and it comes to about $629bill. I roughly tallied up the remaining programs like construction, drug ops, nuclear arsenal and a few other and it came to an additional $39bill. Since the budget states $662bill authorized, either myself or the budget (likely me) is off by $6bill somewhere. Your welcome to take a look yourself, starting on page 421 in the link, or just roll with a very close approximation - aka Good enough for government work.
|01-13-2012, 12:39 PM||#2|
Yesterday, ol'Leon declared two Army brigades stationed in Europe will be replaced by rotating units. While this isn't a force reduction, it will save costs by replacing men with families (dependents that outnumber troop presence 2.5:1), with men on assignment. http://www.militarytimes.com/news/20...coming-011212/
This is the second announcement of how the Defense budget is to be trimmed, joining an earlier statement to fire 25,000 Army and 20,000 Marines by the middle of the decade - if the wars in the Middle east wind down and nothing else happens. Under those circumstances, operations and procurement would also be reduced, but those figures haven't been claimed.
In total so far; rotating units (I've also read it may take place in Latin America and Africa as well) and firing troops only comes to about $5bil/yr over the next ten, but eliminates the ability to fight in two full conflicts and, by removing families from bases, could tarnish the US' image at those bases.