If You’re a Defense Lobbyist, It Might Be Time to Panic

Wednesday, March 04, 2009 at 12:36 pm

It’s really, really, really difficult to be optimistic about cutting Pentagon waste. There is a massive amount of entrenched interests — in the services, on the Hill, among the hordes of defense firms just across the Potomac — that exist to ensure the safe delivery of defense contracts to well-heeled and politically connected companies, with the protection of national security a secondary interest. Then there’s the demagoguery and jingoism that comes along with attempts to cut through that waste. So even before President Obama started saying he would “eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use,” it was probably inevitable that people would start floating the meme that his defense budget is irresponsible.

But Obama might have actually taken a significant step today to take on that entrenched apparatus.

Obama today issued a memorandum to the heads of all the executive departments agencies directing them to restrict no-bid contracts; to rein in outsourcing of “inherently governmental activities”; and to, if necessary, cancel wasteful contracts outright. The crucial paragraph, even if it’s written in bureaucratese, particularly calls out the Defense Department:

I hereby direct the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in collaboration with the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Administrator of General Services, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and the heads of such other agencies as the Director of OMB determines to be appropriate, and with the participation of appropriate management councils and program management officials, to develop and issue by July 1, 2009, Government-wide guidance to assist agencies in reviewing, and creating processes for ongoing review of, existing contracts in order to identify contracts that are wasteful, inefficient, or not otherwise likely to meet the agency’s needs, and to formulate appropriate corrective action in a timely manner.  Such corrective action may include modifying or canceling such contracts in a manner and to the extent consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and policy. [My emphasis]

Clearly, this has applications far beyond the Pentagon. But the list of big-ticket defense items that have experienced huge cost overruns is a long one. Future Combat Systems in the Army; the Littoral Combat Ship in the Navy; the Joint Strike Fighter in the Air Force — all of these programs, near and dear to the services, have run massively over budget. If I was a lobbyist for Lockheed or Boeing, I’d be dialing my contacts in the Pentagon and the Hill to figure out what the prospective damage to my company was. And then I’d come up with a strategy to fight this forthcoming Office of Management and Budget review.

Obama went further in remarks at the White House, calling it a “false choice” to say that protecting the country requires acquiescence to Pentagon waste. “In this time of great challenges,” he said, “I recognize the real choice between investments that are designed to keep the American people safe and those that are designed to make a defense contractor rich.” He also lent support to Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and former presidential rival John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) legislation to create new procurement oversight positions at the Pentagon. “The days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over,” Obama said.

This effort hardly seems perfect. One of the people Obama specifically tasked to work with OMB for procurement reform is Bill Lynn, the deputy secretary of defense whose last job was lobbying for defense giant Raytheon. Perhaps Lynn is here because he knows how defense lobbyists work, and can come up with strategies to beat them at their own game. Or perhaps Lynn will find it difficult to overcome his background — and the sure-fire job waiting for him in the defense-lobby sector when he leaves government. And, of course, the defense lobby is one of the most powerful in Washington.

But Obama has now placed defense-contracting reform at the center of his efforts at cutting wasteful spending, and he’s put cutting wasteful spending at the core of his deficit-reduction approach; and both the press and the Republican Party will watch that deficit-reduction approach as a test of his presidency. That line from his YouTube address on Saturday about being ready for a fight with lobbyists over his budget? He might mean it.

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Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

No he doesn't. Its just to get rid of the old lobbyists to replace them with new ones. Or, more likely, another layer of lobbyists who know who to talk to now.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

Excellent. Another small step in the long road to undoing the damage of the Bush years.

Here is where the Right went Wrong: They take it as an article of faith that the gov-mint, particularly big-gov-mint, can't do anything right… Now there may be some truth to that, and it's a popular gripe for those outside of government, but if you are on the inside — like the right was for the last 8 years — you have to at least *try* to do things right.

Bush's essential mistake was thinking, “well if the government can't do anything right, anyway, I'm not really hurting anything if I change policy a bit to help out my friends…” Then, god help us, he put Karl Rove in charge of domestic policy details. So he could hand out political favors by the truck load.

The painful lesson for us is that maybe the gov-mint can't do anything right, even if it tries, but if it stops trying it can be very effective at F@#$%^&*ing up the whole system!

The lesson is that we need a strong government that is earnestly trying to do the right thing. It won't be as nimble or efficient as the free-market driven companies, but it can set the large scale policy direction to prevent the free-market, for profit companies from running the economy aground.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

The biggest , malignant, scams feeding on Americans are the Zionists and the military-industrial complex. If Obama can reduce the take of these diseases, great.

gwen caranchini
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

How much is enough? When do we stop fighting the cold war? How many nuclear submarines do we need?

Now here's the really big one–one do we need four redundant branches of the miitary. Tackle that one and we would save one third of the budget I bet. Guess no one wants to raise that one–my god people would be horrified at eliminating the duplicative waste that four separate branches of military create.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

Right on the money!!

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

Don't worry, Putin backs Obama's plans to cut “wasteful” defense spending. Putin knows a pathetic 98 lb weakling when he sees one…and was pleased to hear that the latest Neville Chamberlain (this time from Chicago) was more than willing to throw Poland and The Czech Republic under the bus for promises that Iran not be naughty-nuclear…If I could go long on North Korea, I would!

Dick Hertz
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

Lobbyists will be fine no matter what. They will do extra well if Obama goes against the graft gravy train that is the pentagon. Ticks can outlive their hosts.

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

To; “Amvet”
No one has successfully hijacked a plane belonging to the “Zionists” since 1978, and for those who tried since, the great majority kiss the dirt at night, the balanced imprisoned. [We can't say "9/11" there!] Nor have the “Zionists” ever lost a war against aggressors…their drug company, Teva Pharmaceuticals, is the largest generic drug firm in the industrial world. Their citizenry collectively have been awarded scores of Nobel prizes (science and medicine chiefly), but not a one can be found within the borders of their nearby neighbors. [Why?] And from the heart of the “Zionist” land came the world's three major religions, likely all of which have a place for one more bloviating ignoramus…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

How will the big government Republicans spin this? After the last eight years it will be different to have someone in office who can get a dollars worth of defense out of a dollars worth of spending.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

You do talk a load of CRAP! You really believe that making the Pentagon and defense expenditure efficient will actually weaken the Armed Forces or national defense?

You obviously have no idea about the meaning of efficiency.
Your bigotry is exposed in that ignoramus response and preaching you just gave about the Middle East. It may surprise you to learn that Judaism/Christian religions are both plagiarized from ancient Egyptian religion. Perhaps you will expand your knowledge by researching the Egyptian Book Of The Dead and find that it forms the basis of the 10 Commandments the cornerstone of Judaism. Does that make the Egyptians masters of the Universe?

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

scion of greed

Everyone knows if you speak the truth about Zionist Israel you take on the label of hating Jews. However, I'll say this as Muslim living in America. Israel is not a Jewish State, nor is Iran a Muslim Country. That's exactly where the problem is. If Israel was a Jewish State and Iran was a true Islamic Republic we would have problem in the MiddleEast. Jews have allowed the Zionist to dictate their policies and religion and Muslims have allowed extremist to do the same. If I were you I'd keep my mouth closed. We has Muslims and Jews should put our money where our hearts and morals should be, “In The Light of God's Image and Doing”.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

to: the sword of truth<

I agreed so much.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

The Universe is making a very big shift to higher spiritual energy and living. The US and Israel and Iran must make the shift or not survive. There people are waking up but the governments continue to sleep. The must save themselves and their children. The must speak up to things like Murder in Gaza, Torture by US, and Repression by Iran. They must speak up together with such a force, with prayer and focus that it moves a mountain.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

I must admit that I had sunk into the abyss of cynicism after years of Clintonian grandiosity and its air of 'Camelot' redux, followed by the dirt-dumb folly of the ignorant and readily duped millions who put a lazy, bigoted and stupid scion of oil wealth in the driver's seat not once, but twice. It appeared obvious that the politics of greed and the mass culture supporting it had swallowed my country's bright promise whole.
And then came Obama. Impossible to be elected in a nation still steeped in racism, he still won. Then the question became, How long will it be before he lets his true colors fly? Not to judge prematurely, it's beginning to look like he may take his campaign promises seriously. My god.

America's solutions have been evident for a long time. But someone had to take charge who had the nerve to point out all the nakedness in the Emperor's wardrobe, a person unafraid to dust off the 'bully pulpit' and preach vision and character and our society's TRUE traditional values from it. I get a bit woozy to think that Obama may have the grit and virtue to take on the lobbyist establshment, campaign finance reform, the backrooom rule of the uberclass, America's nouveaux imperialism and all the other cancers that have brought 'the last, best hope of earth' to its present condition.

I am both hopeful and shocked.

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Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

Wow. You should be a speechwriter.

It's been a long time – perhaps since the last time I heard the President speak – since I've heard so many noble-sounding-yet-empty platitudes, opinions as fact, baseless insults as adjectives and assertions not in evidence.

Just wow.

I can't wait to hear what you think are our “society's TRUE traditional values”.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

Dude: Both parties have vested interests in the system as is. Both Republicans and Democrats have tried to reform defense procurement. No one has ever really succeeded. Liberal administrations have never made the defense procurement process more efficient; they just spend less money.

Even you can do the math: If the efficiency remains constant, then less defense spending = less equipment, less training, less preparedness and yes, a weaker national defense.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

We did stop fighting the Cold War. The Army is half the size it was in the 80's. We have less than half the number of nuclear warheads we had in the 80's.

We need enough nuclear submarines to protect the shipping essential to our economy (and the world's) in time of war. We need enough nuclear submarines to insure that one-third of our nuclear deterrent stays safe and undetected by our enemies. (And when the Seawolf class turned out to be expensive, we designed a cheaper, modular replacement called the Virginia. It's not all waste, you know.)

Exactly what does the Coast Guard do that duplicates the Air Force? What does the Army do that the Navy also does? Do the Marines have nuclear missiles or operate strategic bombers? Maybe you'd like to turn our satellites over to the Peace Corps.

With all due respect, ma'am, it's hard to take what you say seriously when it's clear you know so very little about the military or what it does.

PS: There are *five* branches.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

Rocinante, there are 4 branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard. The marines are just Navy.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

Typical Democrat/Obama way of doing things. Complain that the hens are a problem and put the foxes in charge of fixing it.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

This “bull” has been going on since “we” became America. People are quick to point fingers and complain about the very first Presient that I have seen in my 59 years; but at least HE is doing something besides making up lies about WMD's and other LIES. I am sick and tired of Washington cronies and all THEIR LIES! Did you see the bit where all those “Southerners are mad, simply because the man is black? What in God's name is wrong with those “people”? Get into the 21st century! Get an EDUCATION…………..

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

My friend, the problem with Funtamentalits in any religion is, they never take the time or effort to educate themselves on the TRUTH. The JW's actually think THEY nare the chosen people even though theirn own Bible says, it is the Jews. I have nothing about anyones attempt to “find God.” The probem is BECAUSE they are uneducated. Period. As the ol' saying goes,”right-on Washington.(thats a joke)

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

To leomanBK
You attempt to write with some eloquence,I say attempt,because it also requires some underlying intelligence.
No reason to belabor the various points,but suffice it to say. First of all he is NOT(Obama) taking his canpaign promises seriously(what politician does). One,supposed high morals. Difficult when his choices are being investigated,not paying taxes until AFTER they get the job. his ex Govenor thrown out after picking a replacement that has lied constantly,and that same senators son about to be forclosed apon suddenly gets a state job overseeing foreclosures. Two,No lobbyists within two years of doing so will be hired,so he hires Raytheon's lobbyist and puts him in the defense dept. While also expecting him to “clean up” defense spending. I could go on for longer but too many people dogmatically fallow this Obama fellow without a genuine reguard for this country or the truth.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

you have “hit the nail on the head.”

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

While I worry that the wording of “cold war weapons we don't use” are referred to when discussing future strike aircraft and missile shield defense. I also worry that this is Obama posturing to carry out the democratic mission of reducing military spending to beans and bullets as has been demonstrated in the past. However, I do feel better knowing that John McCain will be keeping watch over the foxes. We do need serious overhaul and accountability in all departments of government and defense is the biggest but watch out for Democrats who feel that there is never a need for defense spending.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

“half” still isn't good enough, and there only “needs” to be ONE military. Not 4 or 5 or whatever.
Too much, “as it has always been” in Washington. This is the first time I ever voted because I was not old enough to vote for JFK. He couldn't be bought or pushed around either.

blue state patriot
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

How ironic – Ever notice how the right-wing droolers are always whining about “welfare” and “fiscal conservatism”? What do they think military spending is? That's welfare on the grandest scale.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

Rwolf01 “The lesson is that we need a strong government that is earnestly trying to do the right thing. It won't be as nimble or efficient as the free-market driven companies, but it can set the large scale policy direction to prevent the free-market, for profit companies from running the economy aground.”

Where is the precedence for that? Big government has a horrible track record.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

At least you benefit from it.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

I use to work for Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. It true what they say about Unions, especially Aerospace. We would sit around, walk around, bs all day long. We probably did real work about 45 minutes a day. What Lockheed would charge the goverment for a screw or rivet was laugable, the fact they been doing it for so long; but ya know, the American people are so stupied, It took a liberal like Obama to finally do something about it..You would think the “conservative republician party” would of had a handle on it the stealing.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

He was too doped up and face down in Monroe's vajj to worry.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

You can't even spell stupid. Clean up crew at Lockheed don't count for their input… Dumbass.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

Claudia- geez lazy shop workers. There is something new. It was McCain who championed defense spending reform before Obama was a glimor in the media's stool. The liberals have always held the dept of defense and defense spending in contempt. Their mission is to eliminate defense spending and defense all together. The threat is that the liberals are going to use “spending reform” to gut the military. They will reduce spending to beans and bullets as everything else will be deamed not worthy expenditures. Who needs ballistic defense when there are schools that need more teachers to spread their liberal views? I fully support making sure a screw costs the same as any other screw and that lazy workers don't get paid by the hour. I won't support the slash and burn policies of the liberal agenda against the defense of the nation.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

Don't worry, maybe the Russians will let us hide under their ballistic shield when they finish theirs.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

What obama better do is look harder at the money he wants to put into welfare , rather than programs that will protect his butt, he is without a doubt a complete dummy, he could scrap the new Presidential Choppers that would be ok, he don't need one anyway just flap his ears, but the F22 he should leave that and our other defense weapons alone, sinse he has no idea what they are for. he can always go to canada and hide out in case we are attacked, as he has no will to fight. or to stand up to other powers

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

How many nuclear aircraft carriers have we built this year?

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

Hey pinche go to the middle of a Marine company and tell them THEY ARE JUST NAVY, and i will Just find your dead a** in the gutter, they come under the dept. of the Navy but different branch of service, as a matter of fact they are older than the navy

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

Too funny! You think Obama, a man who NEVER bothered to register for the draft, smoked pot like a chimney burning Appalachian coal, planted more ACORNs than all the squirrels in the world, you think this utter cipher is “going to remake the military? R U for real??

>> It may surprise you to learn that Judaism/Christian religions are both plagiarized from ancient Egyptian religion..<<

It DOES surprise me — considering that Jewish calendar from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob and Joseph is more than SIX THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED years old, but there was no Egypt 6,600 years ago!!! Your ignorance is titanic, therefore! Jews are not “masters of the universe,' to be sure, but without them, world history would be so fantastically different that a moonscape would have more in common with Saturn's rings than what you THINK you know today…!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

The U.S. Military consists of five active-duty services and their respective Guard and Reserve units. All branches are equal parts of the United States Uniformed Services, headed by the President as Commander-in-Chief. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Coast Guard reports to the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and to the DoD (by way of the Navy) during wartime.
Reserve and National Guard units perform as active-duty servicemembers on a part-time basis. These troops train close to home, deploying when needed to aid in international conflict or domestic disaster relief.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

Since when does the right whine about “fiscal conservatism?” I think you are a$$ backwards. Do you sit on your head as well?

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are leading the charge to hightened enlightenment in the universe! Lemonhead says it all.

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

Yeah, sure. I bet those printing presses are working OT to spew the reams of $fake money$ Obama and Pelosi will spend on tattoo removing for the unwashed, more condom vending machines for the guys and gals in Kindergarten, greening up the lawn at the Washington Mall, and a new (green!) bike path through the slums of New Orleans…I would follow General Obama to ever rock concert in the world — if only the stock market hadn't dropped, 3,000+ pts since his election!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

Scion of Greed speaks as if he comes from the troops. You don't. The meaning of efficiency? Is that a 4 trillion dollar deficit? Anybody who thinks bigger government will ever be more efficient is living in fantasy land.

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

Well, mi amigo, there is ONE large difference. Welfare for democrats kills the incentive to work, which is why we have such quintessentially American cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Newark, Watts, and South Central LA (among scores more of hopelessly bankrupt democratic bastions)…whereas 'welfare' for the military kills terrorists and their crackpot kin, and perhaps someday other humble, peace-loving peeps like Russians, North Koreans, and Sino totalitarians. Thus, I'll support welfare for the military over welfare for Detroit every time!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

I guess that's what 9/11 was… a benefit.

Thank god we had the forsight and the funding to arm thos mullah's!

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

>>And then came Obama. Impossible to be elected in a nation still steeped in racism, he still won. <<

But if the nation “is still steeped in racism,” how did Obama win? Is it because non-racist black Americans voted for Obama 20:1. Is it because non-racist Hispanics voted for Obama 2:1?
If Blacks and Hispanics had voted in the same percentages as all other Americans across all other religions (the 'evil' ones in your implicit lingo), would Obama now be president? If not, then who are the REAL racists? Help me, I'm so confused! :)

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

So you are proud enough to pen the fact that you and your union unwashed were nothing but feckless leeches, unashamed to take money for nothing? Unfortuntately, milady, you forget that you and your ilk are indeed the American people, but hopefully not so deluded to believe that Obama-Pelosi 'Axis of Drivel' will change matters one iota…We can't blame Conservatives, therefore: It is impossible to transform a malodorous midden into a mountain of gold…!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

Typical Republican/ignorant non-sensible statement about how the Democrats operate, designed to divert attention away from what the actual problem is.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

Benefits like 9/11…. Thank god we had the foresight to arm those Mullah's!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

I totally disagree, and will delete your comment! How dare you say defense contractors are just like Afghani Mullah's.

Scion Of Greed
Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

>>Israel is not a Jewish State, nor is Iran a Muslim Country.<<

That's right, Sonny, why I didn't I notice that before? And too, there are no Russians in Russia, no Catholics in the Vatican, and no bird-brains in the aviary! And Israel's Netanyahu isn't Jewish, and Iran's “I''m-a-dinner-jacket” is not a Moslem. Thans for setting me straight!

[The day Israel fails to be a Jewish state is the Day the Star of David ceases to be...and you'll NEVER long enough to see that day, nor in a thousand lifetimes! In Israel, they don't dial for "1" for Persian, "2" for Arabic, and "3" for Hebrew, unlike our rapidly sinking Mexifornia of a nation...]

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

That makes no sense at all. They didn't fly B2 bombers on 911 puhpuhpuhporky

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

“I am a white man, and not always proud to be so. Especially when I see how “some” white people act”

That is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. What a racist comment. What do you feel when you see blacks misbehaiving?

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

Too bad Clinton didn't take em out after the first world trade center bombing, multiple embassy attacks, beheadings and the USS Cole bombing. The dems keep setting the terrorists free from prison. Job securtiy for the MIC.

Ray Ireton
Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 3:30 am

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. Look to all the ear marks 1st. The pentagon is our only way to keep our soldiers safe with new equipment. Lets ask another question. How do we get all our equipment back from Iraq? Or are we going to leave it like we did in Vietnam? Get our equipment back so our soldiers here have something to train with. Lets ask another question, how many Billions are we going to give away as foreign aid to people who hate us. Remember its our (U.S.A.) money and should never be sent out of the country. First and foremost lets get congress under control. Get illegal aliens out of our country. Make ENGLISH the spoken language for our country.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

this is about WASTEFUL SPENDING fool…giving your tax money to companies that are bullshitting over in Iraq without any benefit to us. wise up…. your so quick to waste money in iraq, but won't spend shit on your own country. unbelievable…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

Don't worry the government will make sure we spend money on exactly shit… animal waste removal. So all these companies are doing nothing to benefit anybody? That's a blanket statement. The only reason we have the quality of life here is because we have a strong defense deterrent. Liberals always want to strip us of that for some reason. Wasteful spending is rampant in domestic spending as well. We need common sense approaches and regulation. Not libtardism

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

Ud think there is enough fighting in this world and then look at all of you and your wasteful rude comments to oneanother. What a pity. We all wonder why there is so much hate in this world? Sad times indeed. What does all of the bickering resolve? Lets just get what needs to be done, done and worry about other bs later.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:01 am

We should save money by not rescueing earthquake victims or tsunami victims with our military.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

Mr.Obama is absolutely right , it is about time to start watching and control overspending OUR money by lobbiests!!!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

absolutely right…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

great respand. 40 billions , were are they???. time to spend money in OUR COUNTRY on OUR PEOPLE and secure OUR BORDERS HERE!!!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

it is time for You SLEEP, to go to sleep, You need some rest,, to relax a little bit…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

Cloudia… such a wonderful answer…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

I guess Mr.McCain didnt fallow those rules and let keep steeling and …. Just empty rules… didnt go to far….
Mr.McCain champion Defence spending on paper , that is were this and how far those reforms went, and cost US 40 billions. Someone there got filty rich, Oh YES!!!

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

How do you expect to protect these borders? Are the only potential threats mexicans crossing the desert? Leave defense to people who understand it. Stick to Xbox.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

Oh yeah, no democrats are getting stinking rich from the defence procuremet industry. At least he tried. I feel so much better knowing he is there to keep the liberals and Obamamess in check.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

What needs to be done and who is doing it?

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

Defense spending is investing in our country and our border. You libs never understand that. Smart regulation and smart oversight does not equal gutting defense spending so for other government projects.

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

You need to blow me…

Comment posted March 4, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

So you applaud her for defrauding the government? She didn't decline her fat paycheck at the end of the week or report the fraud. Way to congratulate the very thing we are trying to prevent.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 1:18 am

If the U.S. stop being a world policeman and invades other countries like Iraq and soon to be U.S. Isreal Iran War, then we really don't need to waste so much monies into so-called defense budget and giving military aids to Iraq, Afgan and the Isrealis. Use all the wasteful monies into our health system and for our children education and saved all our housing problem.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 1:21 am

cmon, you aren't that naive… we're talking about blatant war profiteering (any organization that improperly profits from warfare) – - don't sit here and generalize about how “liberals” don't know defense. What we find so irritating is that you fiscal conservatives dont give a flying fuck about what's spent abroad, but can't spend a fucking dime on you're own country. Now you wanna claim fiscal responsibility. I'm not proposing anything more than common sense approaches and regulation….and neither is this article. So take your ridiculous rants elsewhere… you aren't as smart as you try, ever so hard, to look.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 1:43 am

“cmon, you aren't that naive… we're talking about blatant war profiteering (any organization that improperly profits from warfare.”

What would you give as an example of improper profits from warfare? A fiscal conservative just means we don't want to spend tax money on tatoo removal for gang bangers or roller skating rinks. You don't know me so don't try to judge me. I am totally down with common sense approaches but what if we disagree about what is common sense?

Is it common sense to abandon allies in favor of protectionism? Is it common sense to abandon afghanistan again? Is it common sense to not want to protect the nation from missile attack? Is it common sense to allow terrorists freedom to plan and execute attacks on the US in the name of protecting our borders?

You aren't nearly as smart as you tell yourself when you look in the mirror slick. Liberals have historically cut and slashed defense spending because they just don't think it's as important as tatoo removal. That is a historical fact jack. I'm just saying we should be cautious about their intentions and not let them go unvchecked in their crusade against the military. Thank goodness for John McCain to keep that lot honest. Now suck on it.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 1:47 am

Here it is again… the cry for protectionism that has worked so well for us in the past. Let's start with cutting all the wasteful spending and shoddy book keeping that already exists in domestic spending programs and work our way toward protectionism.

wife of ex military man
Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:02 am

blue patriot you are a blithering fool. The military does not sit on it's ass collecting money and getting fat. I would love to see people such as you forced into the military for at least two years. Forced to defend our great country. If not for the young men and women willing to die for this country you would not have to right to mouth off your ridiculous dribble.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:19 am

“The usual suspects”

How romantic.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:54 am

maybe all military should realize that it is that taxpayer that is paying thier salary, benifits, and feeding them. unless we missed something the military is a VOLUNTEER military. if you don't like
it get some skills and go into the world and get a real job. who cares marine navy, army, they are all
the same to us taxpayers. just a huge money pit of military welfare. you should be thankful to the
american taxpayer for having you on our payroll

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 5:16 am

The issue is not the Defence spending, its the WASTEFUL Defence spending!!!

Grossly Over inflated prices and extortionary costs on contracts riding on the back of the fear indoctrinated into the Nation by the last administration.

Put it to the contracting companies loud and clear, (and members of the government departments for that matter) – Account for every penny, and the cost of every screw, nail and pen, as well as where it went, and disclose the profit margin, or lose the contract.

Be audited by the Government with total transparency, or no more contracts.

Any government awarded contract should contain a clause allowing the government to audit the company without notice and at any time the government so wishes.
It should also be a condition that the contractor disclose ALL share holders, board members and interested parties (including gornment officials), group companies and all company information to the Government.

Time to make people accountable, disclose and stop hidden agendas, and stop the rip off, because in the end it is the Tax payer who is ripped off, and it is the tax payer who will foot the bill.

Further more, every bill or piece of legislature should be a seperate issue, no earmarking , no tagging and no tacking on of secondary issues to get it passed.

This will ensure the Nation has all the necessary defence capabilities, but at the right price!

Carl Rose
Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 5:22 am

Finally! Any person with a brain knows this is good news!

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 5:30 am

Perhaps you should be a victim of such a disaster!
We are all humans first, and Gods people .

God never drew borders on this planet, humans did.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 6:08 am

Thanks for clearing that up. I'm thankful to the military for doing a job that a lot of ppl, including myself, don't want to do. Active duty is a real job, 24/7. You can't not have armed forces to protect your country and they deserve the salaries and benefits they get, if not more. The overspending problem doesn't come from the enlisted men and women's salary, it's all the shady stuff that goes on that the powers that be don't tell us about.

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Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 7:55 am

>>What we (libs) find so irritating is that you fiscal conservatives dont give a flying fuck about what's spent abroad<<

What's the matter, 'Genius,' you cannot express yourself w/o four letter words? Speak apprpriately or shut your benighted Venus Fly Trap. Comprendez?

As for what's spent abroad, you libs have saturated this country with third world, illiterate detritus from every sinkhole and cesspool with so-called borders. Who are you to talk? I mean really!

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:05 am

fedup you are one big herpes stained penis. I guess you are too stupid to know that military people pay their own taxes. Unlike the scumbags who work in this administration. That would mean the military pay their own wages and your's too you lazy welfare sucking a'hole. I guess you should thank us for working for free.

What kind of stupid ignorant ass doesn't know the military pays taxes? Now get back to work popping you zits and filling your bong, the next episode of Oprah is about to begin.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:12 am

“Grossly Over inflated prices and extortionary costs on contracts riding on the back of the fear indoctrinated into the Nation by the last administration”

Stopped reading when I hit that phrase. Just more retarded liberal jibberish. Obama had no problem taking any “fear mongering' tactics and using them against the public to pass his 4 trillion dollar shopping spree.

What the fuck is fear mongering? While subways and buses are being bombed in Europe, you retards think that the government was/is making things up? Dumb asses deserve to die in a fiery hell.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:19 am

Nicely worded Jerseygirl and anyone of them would agree that spending thousands of dollars on a wingnut is insane. Too bad so many in here just use “spending reform” as an excuse to gut the military. Read the posts, these are somebody's constituents and are pulling for them in DC. They honestly hate the military and that it recieves any money at all. They feel that we are the cause for the attacks against our nation. There is real reason to for concern and too keep watch on those who seek to weaken the nation with their twisted idealogy.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:20 am

I was being sarcastic dumbdumb. Read the posts.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:26 am

Blueballs Patriot. You are another dumbshit who doesn't know that military folks pay their taxes. Unlike the non taxpaying welfare lechts who Obama wants to give your hard earned 5.50 an hour wages to for free. Why aren't you upset that he is trying to take the money you make from giving bj's in the men's room of a truckstop and giving it to non taxpayers? Yet you will make such unsubstantiated remarks about the military?

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 11:27 am

Porky look out, you just sat on your tinfoil hat

TPile » Blog Archive » Obama vs. Pentagon Bureaucracy, Round 1 (Updated)
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[...] was a lobbyist for Lockheed or Boeing, I’d be dialing my contacts in the Pentagon and the Hill to figure out what the prospective damage to my company was. And then I’d come up with a strategy to fight this forthcoming Office of Management and Budget [...]

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

Here's a fucking dime. Now piss off.

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

fuck fuck fuck fuck… wish people as passionate as you about immigration, would have been around to stop your illiterate grandmother from getting into the U.S. …by the way “venus fly trap”? really? and Comprendez? not mexican buddy…nice try though

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

And I'M saying, where were you when bush (no capitalization necessary) was throwing taxpayer cash to Iraq. Where's your rant against honest spending there? Why don't you nitpick through those trillions. Again your ridiculous rant has nothing to do with this article. Who's suggesting abandoning Afghanistan? Aren't more troops being sent there? Use some other forum to rant (broadly & hypocritically) about politics and take your sexual frustration out on someone else buddy–since you obviously want someone to 'suck it' so desperately.

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[...] was a lobbyist for Lockheed or Boeing, I’d be dialing my contacts in the Pentagon and the Hill to figure out what the prospective damage to my company was. And then I’d come up with a strategy to fight this forthcoming Office of Management and Budget [...]

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[...] by Matt Zeitlin on March 5, 2009 Of course, Obama should be congratulated for looking into our horribly flawed defense procurement system. Even if you don’t consider much of our defense contracting to be essentially luandering [...]

Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

I was in Iraq during that time. Why would I complain about the president supporting me with equipment and training? It's not like they pulled into Iraq with a dumptruck filled with trillions of dollars. BTW Oblamess added more to the deficit than Bush did in 8 yrs and fighting two wars. If I want to take out my sexual frustration I will shit in your face.

Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

I was sub-contracted by my company in Northern Virgina to a big, fat contract with Boeing, the prime. The longer I was there, the more it became evident that the project was over staffed by more than 33%. Best wishes to the Feds in this fight to stop the big corporate bastards.

Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

I was sub-contracted by my company in Northern Virgina to a big, fat contract with Boeing, the prime. The longer I was there, the more it became evident that the project was over staffed by more than 33%. Best wishes to the Feds in this fight to stop the big corporate bastards.

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With a population at 1,330,044,605, as estimated by CIA (July 2008 estimated), China leads all nations by it human capital. China boasts a literacy rate of 90% though official figures as to accessibility to Internet are not available. As far as U.S is concerned, it has a very high rate of accessibility to Internet. The entire U.S society is now logged on to Internet by one way or the other. A life without Internet in the U.S is unimaginable and any disruption of the free flow of information would pose a grave political and commercial consequences. The entire U.S Government machinery functions on information technology(IT). IT infrastructure is so crucial that it is linked to U.S allies in Europe as well. The protection of IT infrastructure is of paramount importance.
China recently demonstrated that it has the ability to take on an ailing satellite and China was successful in destroying the Satellite. This is an alarming development and had wider corollary for U.S National Security concerns. Does China have the capacity to destroy U.S Military satellites? Does U.S have the ability to counter Chinese capacity to target U.S Commercial and Military satellites?. These are vital U.S National Security concerns. Has U.S ever conducted War Games in the absence of a network of Satellites?. Almost all the War Games hitherto conducted have been to test the effectiveness of plans and weapons and its high technological efficiency. Never has there been a War Game to prepare U.S for a situation where there is a total breakdown of communications. Communications play a central role in governing a country and without which a Military High Command cannot function and it would put the entire country at risk. There have been reports that China had constructed a secret sub marine base in the Hainan Island primarily to counter U.S. military presence in the Pacific. India too had expressed concerned as the base was not very far from the Indian territory and India would be vulnerable to submarine launched ballistic missiles. This is a clear manifestation of Chinese grand intentions in the region. China is a secretive society unlike U.S where public affairs are conducted every hour on the hour using high technology through mass media channels.
Chinese products keep penetrating markets world wide at an alarming rate. The products range from footwear to machinery. Chinese construction companies have in the recent past, made inroads into traditional markets receptive to U.S and European companies. European designs have been extensively copied by Chinese entrepreneurs and it would be difficult for an unsuspecting individual to differentiate the Chinese product from original handcrafted quality footwear from a U.S or European product. China had invested heavily on industrial espionage and Chinese nationals have been caught in the very acts of espionage. Chinese domestic political landscape is so interwoven that people can be mobilized at will by the State, unlike in U.S, where civil and political rights have been guaranteed by the Constitution and conscription would be politically suicidal for the Government. Chinese domestic political situation is a far cry from the U.S system and molded on the needs of the military necessities.
The Chinese construction companies have been awarded construction projects world wide especially in the Middle East region without weighing the pros and cons of engaging a construction company with a track record. In some cases cost aspects have taken precedence over quality and safety matters rendering the project vulnerable to catastrophes. The Cost of engaging a Chinese company is much cheaper than employing a U.S Company. A group of Chinese engineers could share a congested room at a construction site whereas an American or a European Engineer would require a fully furnished apartment with frequent travel to home base an additional facilities such as family packages to compensate for working outside the U.S territory. These factors keep U.S and European companies from competing with Chinese companies. This has been so due to societal norms in the U.S. But to counter rising China, U.S needs a much more holistic approach that should encompass its traditional U.S. allies and India in particular. U.S must have a political dialogue with India as India is the only country that can be pitted against China. What U.S should now be doing is to empower India and its people to face the reality before it is too late. It would be difficult for U.S to deal with China given the current social, cultural and political considerations to mount a campaign to withstand Rising China in about 20 years time. The panacea for countering Rising China should ideal be to:
- Launch a political dialogue with India taking advantage of its vibrant democracy.
- Assess the industrial and commercial opportunities in India vis-à-vis competition with Chinese products.
- Initiate an internationally accepted Quality Assurance/ Quality Control regime/ convention so that Chinese products will be required to comply with such -international standards and this will enable the signatories to comply with the requirements of the convention.
- Introduce a mechanism whereby Chinese manufacturing could be subjected to international inspection for compliance.
- U.S and European manufacturers must invest heavily in the Indian domestic market for production of Motor Vehicles, machinery, and other hi-tech products solely for export markets so that it would deter Chinese products making inroads into markets traditionally receptive to U.S and European products.
- Empower Indian nationals taking advantage of its English Speaking community and English must be delivered to every Indian with the assistance of the Government of India. A comprehensive educational program should be undertaken to produce the leaders needed to achieve the results envisioned.
- Increase the level of cooperation between U.S and Indian academic institutions on advanced research.
- Introduce a joint patenting procedure for joint research.
- Holistic approach to bring Indian manufacturing standards in line with U.S Standards (including higher education so that Indian Engineers could be employed by U.S Companies at a fraction of a cost of hiring a U.S Engineer. This will enable U.S companies to mitigate the costs).
- Forge greater strategic cooperation with Indian Defense establishments and on defense research.
- Invite India for participation in the Anti – Missile Defense shield. -Russia is a good partner for U.S provided a domestic opinion and a sound economic and business environment are created in order to upgrade the standards of business operations within the Russian law. Russia lacks sophistication in Commercial laws and rigors of doing business under general principles of law and this needs to be modified and brought to an accepted level on par with the west. If Russia is taken on board the western bandwagon fully, it would further strengthen the U.S position. Russia needs to get over its cold war obsessions completely in order to play a greater role in the world of commerce. It has got huge reserves of raw materials and needs to partner with West in order to position itself in the global market. This would obviously entail a special public diplomacy initiative catered to Russian alone. I am sure with the involvement of young entrepreneurs U.S would be able to garner support from the young Russians rendering the old guard ineffective.

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