Smart Defense Cuts — $10 Billion
We’re saving billions by drawing down our presence in Afghanistan, possibly to zero U.S. soldiers.
But even if Republicans don’t want to count those savings to help those out of work, there are simple ways to cut back on defense spending without weakening our security, say The Center for American Progress’ Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman.
Last year they offered four ways for Congress to save $100 billion, enough to extend the unemployment benefits for four years, over the next 10 years:
—Eliminate the Navy’s buy of the over-budget F-35C jet and instead purchase the effective and affordable F/A-18E/F jet to save $16.62 billion over 10 years
—Reduce the size of our ground forces to their prewar levels to save $16.16 billion over 10 years
—Reform the Pentagon’s outdated health care programs to save roughly $40 billion over 10 years
—Reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons to 1,100 by 2022 to save at least $28 billion over 10 years
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