Increase in US Defence spending!

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  1. Rover

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    A Pentagon budget like none before: $700 billion

    By: Robert Burns, The Associated Press   20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.

    And next year it would rise to $716 billion. Together, the two-year deal provides what Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says is needed to pull the military out of a slump in combat readiness at a time of renewed focus on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan and the threat of war on the Korean peninsula.

    The budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday includes huge spending increases for the military: The Pentagon will get $94 billion more this budget year than last — a 15.5 percent jump. It’s the biggest year-over-year windfall since the budget soared by 26.6 percent, from $345 billion in 2002 to $437 billion the year after, when the nation was fighting in Afghanistan, invading Iraq and expanding national defense after the 9/11 attacks.

    The extra money is not targeted at countering a new enemy or a singular threat like al-Qaida extremists or the former Soviet Union. Instead the infusion is being sold as a fix for a broader set of problems, including a deficit of training, a need for more hi-tech missile defenses, and the start of a complete recapitalization of the nuclear weapons arsenal.

    Every secretary of defense since 2011, when the Congress passed a law setting firm limits on military and domestic spending, has complained that spending caps set by the Budget Control Act were squeezing the military so hard that the number of ready-to-fight combat units was dwindling. Aging equipment was stacking up, troops were not getting enough training and the uncertain budget outlook was clouding America’s future.

    “I cannot overstate the negative impact to our troops and families’ morale from all this budget uncertainty,” Mattis said just hours before the House and Senate approved the deal.

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  2. Chelonian

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    "A Pentagon budget like none before: $700 billion"

    It might just cover Trump's parade. :)
     
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    Just to put things into perspective, with a population 5 times the size of UK, the US Defence budget could buy 163 of these. Each year :

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    Our defence budget is 1/10th the size of the US defense budget.
     
  4. Chelonian

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    US military resources are mightily impressive compared to that of the UK. But without being facetious, it's not size that matters but what one does with what one has. Paraphrasing @ThreadpigeonsAlpha there. :)

    Whenever US military spending is discussed I can't help pondering that however much the USA spends on defending its citizens against 'terror' attacks it's quite happy politically for those same citizens to kill each other in industrial quantities each year far exceeding deaths from external enemies, real or perceived. :confused:
     
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  5. Rossi

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    Nice then we could have herds of white elephants. But at least the ship building unions would be happy with fat contracts.

    Mattis is pretty switched on. It makes sense to modernise, especially when Russia and China to name two are as they recognise military might gains world stage influence.
     
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    Remember reading a humourous statistic once:

    US defence spending is larger than the defence spending of the next 20 countries combined. 19 of which are allies.
     
  7. Ninja_Stoker

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    With the demise of HMS Ocean as an LPH this last week, I reckon the carrier becomes all the more pertinent in the Commando carrier role. The one which Ocean took-on after Hermes, then Illustrious which became a Commando carrier after the RAF decided to scrap the Harrier, replacing it with the less versatile Tornado during the Herrick years.

    Even though the new carrier employs half the manpower and can deliver three times the punch of Ocean or the the three Invincible class carriers they replace, they seem to have caught out the manpower planners, who made 5000 matelots prematurely redundant, somehow. Who'd have thought?

    The type of global power projection the US, China & Russia are able to deliver, uses carrier strike forces as their primary mode of transport. This enables the amphibious element to be delivered worldwide, with fast jet ground attack under the umbrella of fighter cover (without which, Op Corporate would have failed).

    To be fair, I doubt we'll ever see both of ours operationally deployable simultaneously, somehow.
     

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