By: Ben Freeman, Ph. D.
In a letter sent in mid-April to the House Appropriations Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Coffman recommends replacing the across-the-board sequester cuts with “targeted reductions in less critically important areas,” and doing so “by reforming our spending policies and taking advantage of efficiencies.”
Rep. Coffman provides ten recommendations, a number of which the Project On Government Oversight has previously supported, including:
- Reducing spending for contractor augmentee
- Delaying spending for the refurbishment of the Abrams tank
- Reducing spending for…units in European deployment
Additionally, Rep. Coffman proposes “Reducing spending on generals and admirals, with a goal of reducing their total number to 800 over 10 years.” This is a much needed right-sizing given the remarkable increase in generals and admirals over the last 10 years, as POGO has documented, and the exorbitant costs of generals and admirals.
In promoting efficiencies and reducing Pentagon bloat, Rep. Coffman’s recommendations would save taxpayers “hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years,” according to the congressman.
Recognizing the budget reality that is sequestration, Congress and the President must act now to reduce wasteful spending and reform our military to meet 21st Century threats; Rep. Coffman has offered a plan to do that. Will the Appropriators listen?