A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are evenly split on defense spending, between those feeling the U.S. government doesn’t spend enough, others feeling it spends too much, and the remainder believing we spend the right amount. However, there’s a key component that being left out of the discussion, and it’s not how much we spend, but how far we stretch each dollar.
In his article, “Seize The Moment On Defense Acquisition Reform,” Pete Hegseth poses the question we need to be asking: Are we getting the most out of our defense spending? Sadly, the answer is no. Between 2001 and 2011, the Department of Defense spent $44 billion on weapons development programs that never yielded results and billions more on troubled initiatives like the Joint Strike Fighter program.
The DoD needs to change the way it operates if it plans to maintain U.S. superiority in the 21st century battlefield.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.