Thursday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie questioned senior military officials on wasteful spending within the Department of Defense.
At a U.S. Senate Armed Services hearing titled “Impact of Sequestration on National Defense,” top military leaders warned that continued cuts to national security spending would damage military readiness and capabilities.
Chambliss agrees that indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts through sequestration to the Department of Defense’s budget is not only bad policy, but also places America at risk.
However, in order to reduce our $17 trillion debt, everyone – including the military- must be willing to reduce spending.
Chambliss pointed out areas in the military’s budget where sequestration cuts could be offset in a way that would not harm military readiness, and still reduce overall spending.
Excerpt from Sen. Chambliss’ remarks:
“We asked at a hearing that Sens. Ayotte and Shaheen called on Tuesday of this week, for a list of programs or expenditures that the Department does not want to spend money on that had been mandated by Congress.
“We thought we would have that list by today. I understand now that we will not see it until next week, but I think one item that will be on that list, General Odierno, is the purchase of Abram tanks that you have been somewhat vocal on, that Congress keeps demanding you buy, but you don’t need.
My understanding is you were requesting a delay or a halt in production until 2017 and the savings of that would be, significant. Now is that still the case, that you would prefer to spend that money somewhere else?
“…So as we go forward with the defense authorization bill in the next couple of weeks, I look forward to seeing the list General Dempsey gives to us with respect to items that can come out of each of your budgets if we will have the spine.
“Irrespective our parochial interests, we have got to look after our men and women in uniform and they need this money to be spent in other areas, rather than in areas where the military themselves say we don’t need to spend it.”