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Hagel Gives Dire Assessment
of Choices He Expects Cuts
to Force on the Pentagon

New York Times, by Thom Shanker

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/1/2013 1:31:13 PM

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Wednesday that if across-the-board budget cuts were not lifted, the United States would have to reduce its global security objectives by trading away the size of its armed forces or its edge in technology as the Pentagon seeks to remain solvent. In a dire assessment of the financial challenges facing the military, Mr. Hagel said the political stalemate between the White House and Congress over a comprehensive deal for taxes and spending has required the Defense Department to plan for a range of cuts, since a deal to lift

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/1/2013 1:48:22 PM     (No. 9453293)

The other shoe is that Congress will authorize purchases that create jobs in their own districts. Every year Congress authorizes more C-130´s than the Pentagon recommends and the military has to buy them even if they don´t have facilities and crews to fly them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 8/1/2013 2:14:09 PM     (No. 9453354)

Communists reporting on a communist...a particularly stupid communist at that..

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 8/1/2013 2:25:43 PM     (No. 9453370)

Let me wave the BeeEss flag at ol´ Chuck. The sequester is a political bate and switch game and a lot of us are ready to call you and your boss out. Every furloughed Army Guard guy I know was placed on Active Duty Orders and had NO TIME LOST. The just got paid out of a different account. I think the best thing that could happen is about a 25% reduction in the civilian work force at DOD, termination of the Defense Contractors and giving those jobs BACK to the guys and gals in uniform. That´s just for starters...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/1/2013 2:32:04 PM     (No. 9453379)

Let the liberals shut the military down. They own it. Obama and Mooch could stay home and save. Kerry could quit giving our money away. There are solutions.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Graniteman2009, 8/1/2013 2:33:47 PM     (No. 9453382)

This is nothing more than blackmail. See ya later chuckie

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Reply 6 - Posted by: semperparatus, 8/1/2013 2:46:44 PM     (No. 9453411)

Concur with #2.

There was a reason Seamen cut grass, cleaned toilets, and painted where necessary.

Cooks at major bases were military cooks (SS) and provided plenty of good meals. They took pride in their work.

That was when Electronic types learned to repair their own communications equipment.

Students at training centers were given barracks duty and walked the perimeter at night, ensuring the building was secure. The barracks duty MAA was an E-6 who ensured the barracks were kept clean and order and discipline were maintained (you know, military decorum). He had an entire duty section of young NCOs at his disposal. Malcontents were dealt with. In-house.

And then, the contractors showed up. No more pride in cooking; barrack room "spick and span" inspections were now forgotten. The lowest wage earner hired by a contracting firm replaced the power yielded by the senior NCO.

And that is just from the enlisted side. Which is kind of important as we´re supposed to be grooming them for future leadership roles. Right?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/1/2013 2:57:58 PM     (No. 9453429)

#6 - And in the classrooms at those training centers the instructors are no longer crusty, experienced chiefs or sergeants. They´ve also been replaced by contractors, who don´t see it as their responsibility to keep hungover students awake or force anyone to really learn the systems on which they´re training. And that´s if their actually IS classroom instruction for a particular system - much of that training has been replaced by CD-ROMs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 8/1/2013 3:04:14 PM     (No. 9453447)

Hey Haggis - you were put in place to disassemble the military - get on with it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: semperparatus, 8/1/2013 3:20:01 PM     (No. 9453471)

Concur, #7.

Our neighbor’s son is leaving the USAF after only four years. His hopes of joining a professional service and dreams of a great military career were dashed after attending basic, two service schools and after two base assignments.

Basic training. Drill instructor had at least 8 earing holes in both of his ears.
1st school. Contractor and military NCOs. Both spent time on their cell phones during "class", talking to their "ho´s" (?). Alcohol was always present on the contractor’s breath (first thing in the morning). The NCO always complained, daily rants, about why he is leaving the Air Force. A minority with poor English and speaking skills (grammar was his mother´s mother), he lamented his experience about white officers. "They is no good." And saluting the flag during colors? “I ain’t gonna salute no damn flag. I run under cover when I can.”

2nd school. NCO. Technically oriented school, as was the first, yet all instruction was conducted by PowerPoint, handouts, and sea stories. Jokes, complaints about "the system". "Don´t know why nobody would join". Another wasted opportunity to help mold young NCOs.

Neither school had any – repeat – any hint of military protocol, values, or discipline. E-3s ran the show. They would talk back to the instructors and get away with it. Students wore half-and-half uniforms; class parties revealed trash cans overflowing with hard alcohol bottles. Besides the alcohol supposedly being taboo, there was no oversight by senior NCOs. So, the trash would blow across the field and the contracted workers would pick it up later.
Barracks inspection? You’ve got to be kidding.
Base assignment? Repeat of school 1 and 2 above.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/1/2013 4:12:03 PM     (No. 9453535)

Its not blackmail. The military has always been the #1 target of the left, its always been the plan to distroy our military any way possible. Its the main reason Democrats hate Reagan so much, he stopped them and reversed all their hard work.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mfm, 8/1/2013 8:05:55 PM     (No. 9453871)

$500 Million to Hamas..and the Whitehouse is closed to Tours, except of course when the Brothers come calling

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