Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that automatic budget cuts, triggered by no action by the congressional super committee, would lead to what he calls a hollow force.
“It’s a ship without sailors. It’s a brigade without bullets. It’s an air wing without enough trained pilots,” Panetta said. “It’s a paper tiger.”
Tom Bowman with National Public Radio reports that the Pentagon already plans to cut about $500 billion from its budget over 10 years and now faces another $500 billion in cuts.
But Bowman points out that over the last decade since the 9-11 attacks, U.S. defense spending has increased about $20 billion a year and now accounts for nearly half of all defense spending worldwide.
But a defense analyst who worked in the Clinton administration told Bowman that defense spending could absorb $1 trillion in cuts.
“A build-down of a trillion dollars over the next 10 years would be a 17 percent reduction in the Defense Department’s plan,” Gordon Adams said.
You can read Bowman’s full story or listen to his radio report HERE.
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