Target: Former Senator and Recently Confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Goal: Cut wasteful military and national defense spending compounding national debt in the United States
With national debt looming large, federal cost-cutting has become more important than ever and it seems only logical to cut spending in the bloated Defense Department. Chuck Hagel has just become the Secretary of Defense, recently nominated in early February. Urge Hagel to end the tradition of grossly exaggerated military budgeting and make cuts to the Department of Defense.
“Last year, in 2012,” writes David Callaghan of online political news source The American Prospect, “about 80 cents of every dollar collected in traditional federal income taxes went for security.” This senseless spending is breaking the bank for our country, and the United States will be officially at peace when we withdraw from Afghanistan next year. Even so, government officials still don’t appear to be overly concerned with cuts to defense spending.
In contrast, Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives has written a well thought-out plan to substantially reduce the Defense budget while keeping the United States military strong enough to provide the country with adequate protection. Called “Reasonable Defense: A Sustainable Approach to Securing the Nation,” this plan presents $560 billion that could be saved over the next 10 years. Proposed changes include reductions in military personnel, R&D spending, number of warheads deployed, and air force fighter production, but the real genius of the plan lies in a paradigm shift in the stance of the US military. Conetta recommends focus on more efficient use of military resources, adopting a stance aimed at reducing future conflict potentials by strengthening the foundation for cooperative action between nations.
Working towards a future where the United States has more allies and less need for an inflated military makes sense when national debt is the greatest threat facing our country. Sign this petition imploring Chuck Hagel to follow Conetta’s plan and cut defense spending by a half trillion over the next decade.
Dear Chuck Hagel,
With a national debt of $16.4 trillion and counting, there is no denying that our country is in financial crisis. Cuts to federal spending in education and public services are only degrading our potential to innovate, rendering us less and less of an equal to the economic might and engineering prowess of China.
Maintaining the current rate of defense spending by the United States will not serve to protect the nation, it will serve to destroy it. I urge you to follow the budget proposals outlined in Conetta’s Reasonable Defense plan. Our future depends upon it.
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