Hagel’s Disastrous Budget


The proposed 2015 Defense Department budget unveiled on Monday has set off a firestorm of outrage, almost all of it deserved. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s long checklist of cuts may not spell the end of U.S. military dominance, as some critics have suggested — but it will ensure that dominance isn’t worth very much.

It shrinks the Army from the current 520,000 active-duty personnel to 440,000-450,000, the lowest number since before World War II. That puts us in the same class as Vietnam and Turkey.   The Navy will continue to get weaker, with 11 cruisers – half the current force — slated for reduced operational service. New shipbuilding programs will continue to slow and shrink in numbers, as will the size of the Marines.