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Military Budget?

Postby Niner Alpha » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:40 am

They ought to put the military industrial state on a budget. But.... it is politically popular to be strong on defense. The only problem is that much of it is just pissing away money on toys that are unnecessary, or in the case of that expensive Air Force fighter, that has been sucking up money for years, it's still a problem child as a flying weapon. My congressman always gloats over Republican support of "our military" and of how he has helped get further contracts for Austil in Mobile to make more of a Navy ship that is often found wanting in design and of little prime necessity. Austil is an Australian company by the way.

Meanwhile... our health system is crap. Our interstate highways are in need of repair and upgrades. But.... Trump is trying to start a new war with Iran this time so maybe that military will be necessary. If Iran actually had any nuclear weapons they would acknowledge what any major county would have long ago and considered Trumps actions as a declaration of war by the US.

At $717 billion, the package provides a historically high military budget. By my calculations based on numbers from the Office of Management and Budget, in 1997, after Cold War spending was ratcheted down from its Reagan-era peak, military spending was $386 billion after adjusting for inflation. By the height of spending during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it had more than doubled to $799 billion. Yet today, despite massive troop drawdowns and multiple declarations of victory from the war on terror, military spending in 2019 will remain $268 billion more than it was before the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


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Re: Military Budget?

Postby Delta75 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:48 pm

* The days of the large WWII naval battles have long passed us by; therefore, battleships, cruisers, etc. have not been listed.

This information below is about a year old.

Military budgets:

USA $600B (now over $700B)..$600B was more than than the next 8 countries combined.
China: $215B
Russia: $66B
Iran: $19B
North Korea: $8B

Aircraft Carriers: (Remember we just spent a shit-load for a new carrier that won't even be operational for several more years).

USA: 11
China: 1
Russia: 1
Iran: 0
North Korea: 0

Nuclear subs:

USA: 54
Russia: 20
China: 6
Iran: 0
North Korea: 0

Combat aircraft:

USA: 3680
China: 2571
Russia: 1339
Iran: 337
North Korea: 563

Nuclear Missiles:

USA: 6970
Russia: 7300
China 260
Iran: 0
North Korea: 0

So help me out here.....So why is our military budget so high?
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Re: Military Budget?

Postby Niner Alpha » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:57 pm

So in the last few days, Trump has thrown more sanctions on the back of Russia because a former turn coat Russian spy got high tech assassinated in England. And that wasn't enough pot stirring so he turned around and put some hard sanctions on the Turks...who were supposed to be our friends in the "war on terror" because of who knows what actually, and flushed much of their currency value down the crapper in the process. This is only after jerking Iran's chain the week before.

And if the military budget wasn't enough already, now he wants a Space Force. Wonder what that will add to the budget? Wonder if they will get ray guns and special space suits? Maybe the US will have to invest money in one of those "beam me up Scotty" transporters.
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Re: Military Budget?

Postby Niner Delta » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:05 pm

Maybe if the military would quit buying $600 toilet seats..... :mrgreen: ... or giving "cost plus" contracts...... :shock:

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