Can anybody seriously believe that the Pentagon is unable to cut $55 billion a year from its budget without compromising national security? Based on the prescriptions that are being offered, I see that a “firemen first” strategy is being employed, i.e. they’re proposing cuts where they will hurt the most rather than where they will hurt the least, hoping to build political support for a reprieve from any cuts at all.
Here’s my modest proposal for reducing costs: cut the number of general officers in half. That will do a lot more than just reducing the payroll by a few highly compensated individuals. For one thing, all of those general officers have their own spending priorities, some they’ve been advocating for decades.