The Pentagon has announced plans to consolidate its military forces in Europe, transitioning out of 15 bases, and saving some $500 million annually. At the same time, they announced plans to reduce their emergency war funding from its current $67 billion to $51 billion in 2016.
Both moves are being made in the context of sequestration, albeit in both cases far short of the cuts that are actually mandated by sequestration itself. Still, it’s a start, right?
Not really. The $16.5 billion savings are a small fraction of the planned baseline increase in military spending, from $495 billion to $534 billion. Even if the Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) actually stays reduced by 20%, overall military spending will be up markedly.
And the OCO cuts probably won’t stay, Congress almost always gives the Pentagon even more than it requests, as various Congressmen cram extra spending into different programs that benefit key donors, even if the Pentagon doesn’t actually need or want those programs.
With the ISIS war still escalating at an alarming rate, there’s no telling how big it will even be by FY2016, but however big it is, expect Congress to be at the ready with emergency expenditures, whether within the OCO or in other of its myriad spending bills, ratcheting up spending all the more.
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It could by sawing money …, but it could also mean minimaise losses for US planed wars on continent, because only constant wars of aggression and chaos can guarantee US leading imperial position and it continues to hide Israels criminal behaviour.
Chaos will end only with régime change in US and disarming / if not dissolving/ Israels régime.
2015 may be very aggly year as leading sponsors of terrorism without borders / US, Israel and Saudi/ loosing almost on every front….and cornered criminals can bring a lot of demage yet..Pedro CR
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