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What’s your take on the DoD Cuts?
August 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm #107827
I’ve read the articles about the big DoD cuts today but beyond what I’ve read I don’t know much more. What are we really looking at here… a complete overhaul? Please enlighten me if you can.
August 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm #107835
Glad you brought this up! I’m curious to know more about it too…
August 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm #107833
As a resident of the area most widely impacted by the closing of Joint Forces Command I can only rely now on the information being shared by our local representatives. From my personal perspective I do not believe we will ever find any congressional district willing to step up and let its area be impacted without a serious debate. The whole reason for the BRAC process conducted on several occasions was due to the fact that Congress could not agree on what should be closed.
I am also somewhat concerned that this particular command was developed to bring functions of the independent services together under one roof. Did the services dissolve their independent functions when this command was begun?
Lastly it comes down to a matter of affordablilty and if the American public is willing to have the costs associated with fighting abroad to protect the homeland continue. It does really come down to how much we value the costs of our expectations.
I know I created more questions than I answered but I look forward to the opinions of others.
May 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm #107831
Shannon E. CunniffParticipant
I’ve heard conflicting information from leadership sources — they’ve run the gamet from reorganization and reassignments will be made by the end of FY11 to sometime in the next two years. No word on how.
I do know this: The Senior Executives Association wrote to Secy. Gates: pointing out that SES cuts appeared to be only in the career ranks and provided statistics that showed the the majority of growth in SES positions at DoD has been in political positions. SEA also asked about whether there would be RIFs, with a subtle implication of how can this be done without RIFS and reminded the Sec’y how involved RIFs were.
I’ve also been told Early Retirement will not be offerred to those in targetted positions that meet eligiblity requirements. So is DoD really serious about this?
Meanwhile, uncertainty prevails and staff morale and productivity suffers.
August 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm #107829
The President’s Budget (PB) request for DOD,submitted to Congress last February, is STILL asking for more than 500 billion dollars per year over FY 2012 -2016, (and that’s AFTER the $78 billion reduction that Secy Gates put in place for 2012-2016 going from the FY 2011 PB to the FY 2012 PB – and it also doesn’t count the annual “supplemental” requests for more than $100 billion per year for the continuing Iraq and Afghan wars).
You can see all the numbers in Figures 1-1 and 1-2 at:
Meanwhile, if the new “Super Committee” in Congress can’t reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan by Thanksgiving (and it won’t of course), the new debt ceiling agreement means the DOD will be AUTOMATICALLY subjected to $600 billion in cuts over 10 years beginning in 2013. That sounds like a lot, but then it’s actually only an average of $60 billion per year from the current $500 billion plus annual baseline, so viewed that way its cutting 11-12% year from the current DOD baseline. Can DOD managers (and, more importantly, the political system) find a way to do that without adversely affecting the level of national security the DOD provides? We’ll see.
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