It is true, with wars winding down and a changing way we have to strategically look at the world, it is time for some hard core budget cuts for the US Military. The Obama Administration is doing that, and while I agree with the overall concept, the specifics need to be looked at. HERE IS A LINK TO THE STORY.
One of the main problems I have with what is being said so far is this: "The Army and Marine Corps are going to take the biggest hits," Krepinevich said. Both services grew in size to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq." Now while I agree a force reduction for both the ARMY and the MARINE CORPS is necessary, it is my contention that the United States Marine Corps needs to be funded for better equipment as with a smaller Army and Marine Corps, the mission of the Marine Expeditionary Forces will inevitabely be more necessary with the types of enemies we face now and will face in the future.
Cutting personel in the Army and Marines is one way to slash some expenses, but deep cuts need to be done to the Air Force and the Navy. These forces have become entitlement propgrams to defense contractors and they need to spend money smarter; while the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard need an increase in funding to prepare for the more streamlined offensives, rescue missions, police missions, etc. The missions of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard will only increase if the military overall streamlines.