October 19, 2006
Another Yawner from CBO
General Schoomaker. While past increases have not been as dramatic as those he seeks for the Army, Congress and the Pentagon have indeed been increasing peacetime spending for years. The result? The problem gets worse.
Others argue that more realistic cost estimates and less unrealistic program ambitions are the only way out. The problem is not “underfunding,” it is “overprogramming.” That route to a solution has never been attempted, certainly not seriously, clearly not recently. Is it time?
Is the study really a yawner? Of course not, but that would seem to be all it is likely to provoke in Washington.
The way CBO describes these issues, its study (“Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans: Summary Update for Fiscal year 2007”) is available by clicking here.
Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO, POGO
At the time of publication Mr. Wheeler's was the director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center For Defense Information at POGO.
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