Garamendi lays out areas where left-leaning budget hawks align w GOP & libertarian cost-cutters

This is an echo of a post by Jen DiMascio, which is here: http://t.co/rQFFUcMi

Reform Military Health Care Benefits and Compensation:

Sustainable Defense Task Force ($960 billion over 10 yrs) Savings (in billions) Back in Black - Sen. Tom Coburn's Plan ($1.006 trillion over 10 yrs)   Center for American Progress ($400 billion over 5 yrs)   A Strategy of Restraint - CATO Institute ($1.111 trillion over 10 yrs)   Simpson-Bowles Commission ($100.1 billion in 2015)   Notes
Gradually phase in compensation reforms – for example, include tax advantages and housing and subsistence allowances the calculations when planning pay raises, as recommended by the Quadrennial review of Military Compensation 55     Reform the military pay system as the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recommends 14 Reform the calculation of military compensation and restructure health care benefits (This proposal concurs with the SDTF options.) 115      
Reform military retirees who are earning full-time salaries on top of their full military pensions from opting for Tri-Care when they can get health coverage through their employer along the lines suggested by the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation. 60 Working-age military retirees enrolled in TRICARE would pay greater monthly fees, comparable to private sector health plans. The expenses for a single retiree would be approximately $2000 per year and $3500 for a family 115 Restore Tricare costs to more sustainable levels by reinstituting a fair cost-sharing balance between military retirees and taxpayers and implementing a number of provisions to reduce overutilization and double-coverage. 42     Slightly increase premiums and co-payments for TRICARE along the guidelines set by Sec. Gates. 6  
    Increase Cost Sharing for Pharmaceuticals Under TRICARE 26              
    Introduce Minimum Out-of-Pocket Requirements Under TRICARE for Life 43              

Limit Procurement and R&D:

Sustainable Defense Task Force ($960 billion over 10 yrs) Savings (in billions) Back in Black - Sen. Tom Coburn's Plan ($1.006 trillion over 10 yrs)   Center for American Progress ($400 billion over 5 yrs)   A Strategy of Restraint - CATO Institute ($1.111 trillion over 10 yrs)   Simpson-Bowles Commission ($100.1 billion in 2015)   Notes
Replace planned [Air Force] procurement of F-35s with advanced versions of the F-16 and F-15E 47.9 Keep Air Force F-35s but negotiate a multi-year procurement 7         Substitute F-16 and F/A-18Es for half of the Air Force and Navy’s planned buys of F-35 fighter aircraft 2.3 Other groups, such as the National Security Network, concurred with the Simpson-Bowles Commission to reduce procurement of these costly programs and use a system to better identify inefficient weapons systems.
Cancel the Navy and Marine Corps buy of F-35 joint Strike Fighters 9.85 Navy and Marine Corps: Cancel the Joint Strike Fighter and Replace with F/A-18 Super Hornet 18 Cut procurement of the Navy and Marine F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants 16     Cancel the Marine Corps' F-35 procurement 3.9  
End procurement of MV-22 Osprey and field alternatives. (Btw 10 and 12 bil in savings) 11 End purchases of the V-22 at 288 aircraft instead of the planned 458 6 Cancel the V-22 Osprey program 9.2 Terminate the V-22 Osprey 15 End purchases of the V-22 at 288 aircraft instead of the planned 458, and fill the gap with MH-60 helicopters 1.1  
Refurbish AAV7A1s instead of keep the USMC expeditionary fighting vehichle program 8.5         Cancel the Assault Amphibious Vehicle 7A 11 Cancel the expeditionary fighting vehicle 0.65  
Reducing base budget spending on R&D by $5 billion annually 50 Cut ten percent of its Research and Development budget 79 Cut $10 billion annually from the RDT&E 40 The Pentagon should reduce total RDT&E spending by an additional ten percent annually 73 Cut ten percent of its Research and Development budget; 7  
Reduce US Navy battle fleet from current 286 ships to 230 (made up of 9 aircraft carriers, 7 SSBNs, 4 guided missile subs, 37 attack subs, 85 surface combat ships, 25 littoral combat ships, 27 amphibious combat ships, 36 logistics/ support ships) 126.6 Reduce Aircraft Carriers From 11 to 10, Navy Air Wings from 10 to 9 7 Cancel procurement of the CVN-80 aircraft carrier and retire two existing carrier battle groups and associated air wings. Limit procurement of the Virginia-class submarine and DDG-51 destroyer to one per year; limit procurement of the littoral combat ship to two vessels per year 28 Reduce the navy's fleet to 40 tactical subs by 2020 and 6 SSBNs. Keep the number of destroyers at 62, only refurbish littoral ships instead of building new ones, and reduce the navy to 8 carriers and 7 naval air wings. Lastly cancel the maritime prepositioning force 130 Cancel the maritime prepositioning force 2.7  
    Terminate other weapon, information or technology systems that have cost overruns, duplications, or are "not a priority at this time" 35.5         Reduce procurement by 15% and set up a BRAC like system to eliminate inefficient weapons systems 20  
    Reduce Spending for "Other Procurement" 52         Reduce Spending for "Other Procurement" 8.5  

Personnel Reductions:

Sustainable Defense Task Force ($960 billion over 10 yrs) Savings (in billions) Back in Black - Sen. Tom Coburn's Plan ($1.006 trillion over 10 yrs)   Center for American Progress ($400 billion over 5 yrs)   A Strategy of Restraint - CATO Institute ($1.111 trillion over 10 yrs)   Simpson-Bowles Commission ($100.1 billion in 2015)   Notes
Roll back the active component Army from 45 to 42 maneuver brigades and reduce its end strength from 547,400 to 482,400 as well as reduce military recruiting expenditures 152 Return the Army to 482,400 soldiers on active duty and slightly reduce the number of reservists. 92 Roll back 74,200 Army positions 39 Cut active-duty Army to approximately 360,000 personnel 220     Since the start of the Afghanistan War, the Army has added 89,400 personnel. The pre-war level was 480,000.
Roll back USMC end-strength to 175,000.       Roll back 27,000 Marine Corps positions &nbps; Cut the size of the Corps by nearly 30 percent, from 202,000 to approximately 145,000. (By about 3.5 percent a year) 67     Since the start of the Afghanistan War, the Marine Corps has added 29,100 personnel. The pre-war level was 173,000.
Reduce troops in Europe and Asia, cut end strength by one third (50,000) 80 Reduce Military Personnel Overseas in Europe and Asia by one third. 69.5 Reduce active-duty troops in Europe and Asia by one-third 43   Reduce active-duty troops in Europe and Asia by one-third 8.5   The U.S. keeps 150,000 personnel in Europe and Asia
    Reduce the Civilian Workforce by Five Percent Beginning in 2014 22.5 And a corresponding number of civilian positions.   Reduce the civilian payroll by roughly 30 percent over a ten-year period 105      
    Reduce contractor staff augmentees by 20 percent (instead of 10 percent as Sec. Gates proposed) 37.8         Reduce contractor staff augmentees by 20 percent (instead of 10 percent as Sec. Gates proposed) 5.4  
    Replace about 88,000 military personnel who perform commercial-type activities with civilian personnel in FY2013 53         Replace about 88,000 military personnel who perform commercial-type activities with civilian personnel in FY2013 5.4  
            Reduce the number of expeditionary strike groups to six 9      

Other Savings:

Sustainable Defense Task Force ($960 billion over 10 yrs) Savings (in billions) Back in Black - Sen. Tom Coburn's Plan ($1.006 trillion over 10 yrs)   Center for American Progress ($400 billion over 5 yrs)   A Strategy of Restraint - CATO Institute ($1.111 trillion over 10 yrs)   Simpson-Bowles Commission ($100.1 billion in 2015)   Notes
Selectively curtail missile defense & space spending 55 Terminate the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Program 13     Refocus investment in missile defense programs away from procurement and towards R&D; cancel components with excessive cost overruns, such as the airborne-laser program. 60      
    Adopt Gates' Efficiency recommendations and redirect to deficit reduction 100 Redirect DOD's planned efficiency savings to reduce the baseline defense budget 133     Adopt Gates's Efficiency recommendations and redirect to deficit reduction 28  
Improve efficiency of military depots, commissaries and exchanges 13 Consolidate commissaries and exchanges 9.1     Reform the DoD Maintenance and Supply Systems 13 Reform the DoD Maintenance and Retail Systems 2.2  
Reduce expenditures on Command, Support and Infrastructure 100         Reduce expenditures on Command, Support and Infrastructure 100      
    Keep Intelligence Spending Constant 26              
    Freeze Federal Salaries for DoD Employees 15.5         Freeze all compensation for DoD civilian employees, and non-combat military pay for 3 years 14.5 Freeze all compensation for DoD civilian employees for three years would total in 15.5
Audit the Pentagon: Aims to make the Pentagon more accountable No Savings Estimates Audit the Pentagon: Claims savings will come due to better financial management 25         Improve DoD financial management and audit readiness.    
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None of these proposals goes anywhere near far enough. The US military has been generating enemies to justify spending, at least since the fall of the USSR. The best move for peace would be to shut down the Pentagon and spend a substantial portion of the savings making sure that people everywhere had access to the necessities of a healthy life, including a good education. Then we'd have so many friends that nobody would dare to attack us.

We'd be safer if we returned to the vision of the Founders, expressed in the Second Amendment. We don't need a peacetime standing army. It makes more sense to have local popular militias, trained in gun safety, resistance of oppression, and nonviolent conflict resolution. Centralized power always leads to corruption.

Done right, demilitarization of the USA could lead to a global demilitarization and a broad scale recognition that war is obsolete. We, the people, have the power to demand it, if we have the courage to imagine it.

The people we, the votes, elect to represent us are elected to to do just that, nothing more. They are our employees and they are paid to project what we ask. We,the voters are asking for peace. Every poll reflects that.Bit our electees don't. Given their refusal to do the work we pay them for, these employees are grossly overpaid. A quick look shows that there's further solid facts to back up my statement. How much difference should there be between the top salaries in the nation and those at the bottom?

Groups of citizens have attempted to get the lowest salary allowed raised, but Congress denies any increase. Apparently, they believe,with their upper level intellect, that people can rear families comfortably on $9 an hour for-people who take and act on orders. which is the requirement for both. And since Congress has set the bottom level themselves they can hardly argue this. They have also engineered that the $9 minimum wage law has remained the same for 10 years, while they have given themselves raises each year.

At their $177,000 per year salary, they are getting $92 per hr, plus perks = estimated as doubling their salary, or $184 p.h. Twenty times what they agreed was fair pay for other human beings to raise family comfortably Surely this suggests that, fairly, we can roll back $177,000 by the 10 years of raises, thus achieving a substantial savings..
Now if the congressfolk will perform the job required of them and stop the unjust wars as we request,we will have billions of dollars to spend on saving the world, instead of destroying it. To name a few , roads, bridges, public schools, feeding the hungry, free universities which will create the jobs we need, Health care for all and fair taxation will lsave still more.

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Emily,
Your thoughts are welcome and wonderful. If there only enough to care and make the necessary changes.
Bless you, dear, for your thoughts.

There certainly isn't any thing to disagree with in any of these comments!
It's time to do it! Every day we receive pleas from NGOs to help feed the hungry; to defend those imprisoned unfairly, to fight against injustices world wide. If we weren't spending our way to oblivion we could actually start doing some good in the world!
We don't have "National Defense", it's "National Offense" and we need to stop these actions and start acting right by the rest of the nation and world!

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