- Apr 19, 2004
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/24/hagel-cuts-would-reshape-military-after-longest-war/?hpt=hp_t1A scaled-back, modern U.S. military would cut the Army to its pre-World War II size and do away with the A-10 "Warthog" attack jet, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will say Monday in proposing a new budget to reflect the end of America's longest war.
"After Iraq and Afghanistan, we are no longer sizing the military to conduct long and large stability operations," Hagel will say in announcing his 2015 Defense Department budget plan, according to advance text released by the Pentagon.
Downsizing due to modernization and budget constraints began under Hagel's predecessor, Robert Gates, and the proposal described Monday began a new phase of the change.
"As we end our combat mission in Afghanistan, this will be the first budget to fully reflect the transition DoD is making after 13 years of war - the longest conflict in our nation's history," Hagel says in the advance text.
The former Republican senator from Nebraska describes a military capable of fighting on one war front and maintaining effective defenses for a second while shifting to a more tactical capability.
While I am all for getting the Defense Budget under control, I don't know if I agree with the way they are doing it per se. They are going to retire the A-10 which is still a very capable aircraft for close air support while still fully funding the POS F-35 that is massively over budget. Not to mention the cost of the Ford Class has skyrocketed to $12 billion and Zumwalt to $4 billion. And in testing there are questions if the Ford can even perform like the Navy said it would in development( whether the issues are design flaws or just bugs in the system, who knows).
And this is coming from a person who loves the Navy and loves the aircraft carrier, but the rising costs of these ships is ridiculous and the fact Congress doesn't bring in Lockhead, Northrop, and General Dynamics to tear them a new one over these issues is even more staggering.
Also, the Air Force should look into the F-15 Silent Eagle if they do not intend to order more Raptors.