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Whats Wrong With The Military BudgetThe cold war is over so we dont need to spend so much money on the military many people say after the military budget grows each year That is an understandable statement to say backed with much evidence of misuse in the government Money in the military is sometimes used on useless things that just cost an incredible amount but serve no practical use The budget needs to cut back in certain areas such as buying new weapons and researching new weapon technologies The current military budget is approximately 291 billion dollars and that is not even enough to satisfy what the military requests which is 305 billion dollarshttpwwwclworgpubclwefdodbud01html The fact that the new President is increasing the military budget by some 3 billion dollars and more to come later in his presidency is almost shockingCNN News The military does not need more money as much as they need to reallocate the money they are currently spending For instance plans are being drawn up to update out dated weapons with new technologically superior ones These include buying close to 1200 RAH-66 Comanche attack helicopters at a cost of 48 billion and 339 F-22s at a cost of 638 billion the stealth technology that makes these planes so expensive will be out of date in a few years httpwwwclworgpubclwefbehindnumbersd10t12html A self-propelled howitzer the Crusader is being developed at a cost of 13 billion and when development is complete the army plans to purchase 440 of them at an unknown pricehttpwwwclworgpubclwefbehindnumbersd10t12html The president has requested 4377 billion for fiscal year 2001 for the CVN-77 Nimitz class carrier being the eighth one in our Navys fleethttpwwwclworgpubclwefbehindnumbersd10t12html To add to the carriers construction a small fleet has to be built to protect it the ships included are several cruisers and destroyers and often an attack submarine plus other refueling and maintenance ships Another attack submarine is being built at a cost of 131 billion
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