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Defense enjoys short-term boost under Obama budget

By Reuters
Monday, February 14, 2011 11:52 EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House proposed on Monday to spend $671 billion on the military next year, handing the Pentagon a short-term boost even as it prepares for tighter budgets in coming years.

The Obama administration budget proposal for fiscal 2012 includes $118 billion for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, on top of the base budget of $553 billion.

That base budget figure is $22 billion above the level enacted for 2010, setting a new record even as the rest of the government faces a freeze in federal spending.

The budget would include $113 billion for procurement of weapons and services, down from about $120 billion projected a year ago, plus nearly $77 billion for research and development, roughly on par with the previous plan.

U.S. defense contractors including Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co, Northrop Grumman Corp have been bracing for slower growth in defense spending after a decade of double-digit increases that have nearly doubled the Pentagon’s core budget since September 11, 2001.

The proposed defense budget unveiled on Monday is largely in line with plans announced last month by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to cut $78 billion from the Pentagon’s core spending over the next five years.

Total spending on national defense in the proposed budget would be $728.4 billion, a figure that includes spending on nuclear weapons and health care and retirement, up from $721.3 billion in fiscal 2010.

Big priorities would be cybersecurity, to be funded with $2.3 billion, satellites and nuclear security, according to a budget document submitted to Congress on Monday.

At the same time, the Pentagon proposed to cut $13 billion from what it deemed unneeded “niche” weapons, including a $14-billion landing craft being designed by General Dynamics Corp, a surface-launched, medium-range missile being developed by Raytheon Co for the Army, as well as the SM-2 surface-to-air missile that Raytheon builds for the Navy.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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  • Anonymous

    we certainly can put to rest the rightwing’s lie about Obama being a socialist/liberal with the give-aways to the rich and increases to the military. Obama self-defined himself as a “New Democrat”around 3/9/09.

    I support Dennis Kucinich’s assertion that Obama needs to be primaried for 2012. I certainly will not vote for him again!

  • Anonymous

    Cut Defense by at least 50% and close ALL overseas bases!

  • Guest

    671 BILLION. For what?! Oh yeah, I forgot about the boogie man, AKA: Al CIA-duh, and Tali-BlackOps. I’m just gonna go stand in the corner and grind my teeth. Thanks again Obama, I sure do feel a whole lot safer.

  • Anonymous

    Nary a mention of the 700+ overseas bases that fulfill no necessary function. And of course, America needs to spend it’s precious borrowed capital in order to advance the state of the art of war technology in competition with no one. It’s our plutocratic method, eh Mr. President?

  • Anonymous

    Evidently Obama can not resist throwing one last mountain of the taxpayers’ money to his corrupt defense contractor buddies. Perhaps he and Mubarak can share a cell together some day.

  • Anonymous

    Change we can believe in.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Obama is the MIC’s golden boy. Wall Street’s dream come true. Corporate America choose their obedient dog well.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, now that Egyptians have taken matter into their own hands and ousted our best friend in the land of the pyramids, the US may have to invade them and bring them some democraky at the point of a drone.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    But first, you must make ‘em understand what a Socialist is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KORPQY5FRLCYZ6NPPDCEXUYQPI Rupert Murdoch

    Our Kenyan Overlord took $100B from Pell Grants and gave it to the military.

  • Anonymous

    Empires rise on the backs of humanity and end because they suck the life out of humanity. Humans need food and shelter. Empires need armies and monopolize resources. For a brief time America was different. It’s over.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! Let’s make more bombs and homeless too!.

  • Don Corleone

    What a disgrace this presidency is turning out to be.

  • Guest

    Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    My ardent concern is that on the GOP side of things they will try to pawn off a candidate so over the top and unacceptable that to keep things as they are will “seem” the lesser of evils.

  • shinyorbs

    first of all why does every fucking website think they need to change their layout every fucking month?

    THanks Obama, more military spending but make sure you continue to fuck over the poor.

  • shinyorbs

    yeah it sucks but if McSTain was in the White House he’d of invaded Iraq by now

  • Anonymous

    How many billions spent and no improvement in Afghanistan or Pakistan? When do we decide this approach isn’t working?

  • Tom

    “first of all why does every fucking website think they need to change their layout every fucking month?”

    Yup quite aggravating. You get familiar with a site, know where things are and how they work, then you show up to it one day and everything has changed.

    As a payback, I would love to get my hands on the car of one of these web re-designers. One day totally unannounced to them, I’d move their ignition switch to the trunk, windshield wiper controls to the back seat, headlight switch to the front bumper, and have the car turn the opposite direction that the steering wheel is turned. Then I’d let them figure out on their own what I did.

    Another site I spend a lot of time on, Common Dreams, “upgraded” their site late last week and blew away all commenting for a good 3 or 4 days. For the life of me I can’t figure out why they did it, because the changes they made were so subtle I’m not sure it was worth all the effort.

    Oh well, I guess it’s all done in the name of “progress”…

  • Guest

    Well, if there was a difference between barry and the repugs, it’s all but gone now, raising the cost of education for graduates study students while giving the Military more funds. Hmm, wonder if perhaps dubya gave barry a kiss on the cheek just like loserman, only when the cameras weren’t around. Not an ounce of progressive action or courage in this prez, all talk, no walk.

  • Guest

    what are you talking about, record profits for corporate america, it’s never been about anything else.

  • otherjerseyguy

    President Death wants to make sure there is adequate funding for death, destruction, dismemberment, and that universal favorite Depression. This is the change we voted for, except it is more of the same.

  • otherjerseyguy

    It is ironic that the boomer generation in it’s lifetime will have seen the rise and eventual destruction of the middle class along with the fall of the American Empire.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    The American government is owned and controlled by corporate money. Hence NOTHING will change until this corrupt power structure is smashed, as it was in Egypt.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    The system itself is corrupt, Obama is part of the system. Nothing will change until the system is broken.

  • CozmicSeer

    Other than Ron Paul, do you hear any Rethugs complaining about this obscene spending while running this country into the ground with the debt? Right now, we are paying over 33 billion on month on the interest alone. Are these people insane?

    Obama is nothing more than a harlot to the MIC and has betrayed just about everyone who wanted real change. It’s a real shame that we don’t have a majority of people in Congress with a backbone that would stand up to this and, if needed, impeach Obama. Him and his administration have committed too many crimes against the people of this country in the name of corporations as our experiment in democracy is ending.

    Read about the Roman empire sometime and you’ll see the parallels on what happened when it failed and what is happening to us now, courtesy of Obama and the asinine people running our Congress and our Supreme Court.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You are sure right. No other nation on the planet spends as much on “defense” as the US period. And the return on this “investment” is zip.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    But who is better among those seeking office? Does President Palin sound better?? hardly

  • Anonymous

    yep, that could happen. Regardless, unless there is drastic turn-around, Obama is who he is. Vote for him or not.

  • Anonymous

    we don’t know if Obama will be the Dem candidate or if a third party candidate would be more candid, honest, less dependent on corporations, more liberal….

    Sometimes it comes down to one’s conscience. I cannot and will not vote for Obama again as he is.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, imagine if we were fighting a pointless war in Iraq. How much would that suck?

  • shinyorbs

    you got me there. Obama really has pissed me off in more ways than one. if only….

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