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Trump and Pentagon Want $143B in Hi-Tech Weapons


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#1 LFC

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:46 AM

Following in the now grand Republican tradition of cutting taxes and spending more when in power Trump and the Pentagon are asking for piles of more money for hi-tech weapons systems. Of course there's no mention of places in the military that could be cut to pay for them. It's always mo' money, mo' money, MO' MONEY!

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The Pentagon's ginormous $718-billion budget request for 2020 is chock-full of fancy new weapons that the military hopes will help it to defeat “peer” forces—the Russians and Chinese, basically—in high-tech battle.

Plus one weapon that critics claim won’t help at all.

Between all the drones, super-fast “hypersonic” weapons, upgraded fighter jets, more drones, do-it-all missiles and yet more drones—all the new gear would cost an eye-watering $143 billion.

Which is more than Saudi Arabia, Russia and India—respectively the third, fourth and fifth biggest spenders on their armed forces—each spent in 2018. China, the No. 2 spender after the United States, dropped at least $168 billion on its military in 2018.

“To preserve the peace, we must be prepared for the high-end fight against peer competitors,” David Norquist, the Pentagon's acting deputy secretary of defense, told reporters. “Future wars will be waged not just in the air, on the land or at sea, but also in space and cyberspace, dramatically increasing the complexity of warfare. This budget reflects that challenge.”

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:52 AM

The normal GOP thing is to boost defense spending and reduce health spending. Let us see if Trump gets his way.
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