The first is by Mark Tarpley. The piece appeared in NewsOK in Oklahoma – see: http://newsok.com/article/3655764 The piece is best summarized by its conclusion:
“To bring this overall strategic plan into fulfillment, our government must get our economic house in order. The 2013 budget cuts represent a step in that direction. However, the planned distribution of service budget cuts, despite the premium now put on air, space and cyberspace capabilities, is counterproductive.
If our strategy leans more heavily than ever on the U.S. Air Force, it must be funded accordingly.”
A second piece appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It was written by Warren Kozak – see: http://www.afa.org/EdOp/2012/Lesson_for_shrinking_military.asp The piece is also best summarized by its conclusion:
“The technical advantage that the U.S. now enjoys was never preordained. It was developed by private industry and taxpayers. And while America's adversaries today still retain the dogma and zeal of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, they could soon have the technology of the Soviet Union—creating a scenario this country has never experienced.”
Secondly, the Aerospace Industries Association has conducted a study showing aerospace’s state-by-state impact, found here: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/assets/deloitte_study_2012.pdf . The study, completed by Deloitte and commissioned by the AIA, found that the industry accounts for 2.23 percent of the U.S.’s gross domestic product (GDP), resulting in $7.2 billion in direct corporate and sales taxes in 2010 and a total of $37.8 billion in tax revenue if personal income taxes from the estimated 3.53 million associated employees nationwide are included. It is also responsible for about $50B in positive trade balance for the US. The Air Force Association believes this national asset should be nurtured.
Finally, the most common comment I received on our analysis of the Federal Budget was: “It seems the Administration is attempting to balance the budget (sic) on the back of the Department of Defense. Why aren’t other departments being cut?” We put together a 3 slide briefing which shows a comparison between every major department in the federal budgets from FY12 to FY13. See -- http://www.afa.org/EdOp/2012/FedBudFY12-13.pdf
The last page of the brief has our observations – a couple of which are repeated below:
- Total Defense (including OCO) budget declined $31.8B from FY12
- Rest of Government increased by $38.8B
- Both HHS and SSA increased by $32.7B & $55.4B
- Agriculture, Ed, Energy, HUD, Interior, Justice, State and Vet Affairs all increased
- Department of Transportation Budget increased due to massive increase in infrastructure spending
For your consideration.
Michael M. Dunn
Air Force Association
“The only thing more expensive than a first-rate Air Force is … a second-rate Air Force.” -- Senate staff member