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-- about 1030 here in New York now a new report raising serious concerns about our aging military arsenal.
Just one example air force planes on average they are now the oldest in the branches history.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says that our military needs new hardware.
But it would be very expensive just as congress is trying to cut rather than -- What about all of its.
Captain Chuck Nash of -- military analysts and captain good morning.
Do you morning bill pick up the Wall Street Journal the quotas we have a geriatric air force is -- that bad.
It's getting pretty old and the reason is is if you look at the cyclic nature of the way we've been building -- roughly ten year cycles so you had the the hollow military of the Carter years you had the subsequent Reagan and bush won build up that you had the Clinton -- down that you had the bush to build up.
And now we're coming off of ten years of combat you've got all of these things that were bought.
In large quantities.
Door and those those peak periods and so they Wear out in bulk.
Because they're all about the same age -- Are a lot fighting a war in Afghanistan -- Iraq -- as you point out this this goes through cycles over history.
Here's yes Panetta roach in the early part of August the platforms in the build up of -- 1980s are reaching the end of their shelf life.
And must be replaced and units and equipment have been stressed by a decade of combat must be reset that alone the army says -- -- -- -- -- five billion.
The Marines say they need twelve billion for the -- how do you get this money.
When all the talk of Washington has been turned a 180 degrees and the talk now is about cutting and not spend.
You know that there it's a three legged stool He got manpower modernization readiness.
So if you want to modernize IE buying new things.
You spend money on that if you want to keep your manpower up.
Then you spend money on that any of readiness means operating -- current operating cost buying spare parts fuel all those things.
Normally we do two of the three and take what they call risk in another area so right now what's going to have to happen.
And and chairman of Buck McKeon of the art house armed services committee is is coming out front leading on -- he's trying to make the clarion call.
That if we do too much too soon we're gonna make a mistake because all we're talking art defense dollar numbers we're not talking strategy that underpins those numbers were -- record -- -- -- people.
-- -- -- for those are trying to be frugal when you look at the numbers when we compared to China for example.
Chinese military budget is 91 billion dollars a year and ours is 700 billion dollars a year.
Many another super committee is charged with this task they have to find -- and they don't find them.
The Pentagon gets hit by the tune of 500 billion dollars.
Yet a total jumps collect one point two trillion dollars of cuts which again.
There's no strategy going forward that underpins any of these numbers these are simply budget drills that they're running right now so that's the frustrating part.
Because you know -- one hand you've got to programs that we keep -- about cost overruns and schedule slips which just exacerbate the problem.
Because this older stuff now can't be pushed out to pasture because the newer stuff is ready -- -- maintaining things longer.
Yeah and just one more point on that you know you mention these cycles up and down up and down -- you -- were headed for a down cycle right now and defense spending yes yes absolutely do because dramatic.
I think it's gonna be significance going to be over half a billion and a half a billion dollars.
And and over the fit that -- -- -- over the five year six year defense plan that may not sound like much.
But when you take a look in realize that a lot of this work that that it has been funded has been funded on -- supplemental.
That congress is put in to fight the war.
You strip out the supplemental and you lower the base budget.
Now you're talking about some real house of peace over there in the Pentagon that's real money to -- captain thank you Chuck Nash at a Washington that appreciate you.
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