By Steve HoughtonSeptember 14, 2018 at 2:04pmPresident Donald Trump wants to privatize the military.
But as a former Marine and an ardent supporter of military personnel, I can’t help but wonder what kind of people would make such a move.
I mean, this is America.
People are not going to be taking military action if they think that they’re not going for a fair shake, and Trump is clearly playing fast and loose with that.
So we’ll see.
But in this case, what Trump is saying is this: Let’s privatize everything.
In a nutshell, Trump wants all US military personnel to be able to take advantage of the benefits that are already available to the private sector.
And, if that sounds like a good idea to you, I’ll let you decide for yourself.
Let’s take the military as an example.
The US military has always been a top priority for Trump, who has pledged to spend $1 trillion on new equipment and new technology.
But he’s not the only one who wants to cut back on military expenditures.
In fact, as a military officer, Trump has long advocated reducing the size of the US armed forces, which has resulted in a sharp drop in troop numbers.
In an interview with CNBC, Trump made it clear that he wants to reduce the size and scope of the military in order to focus on other areas of national security.
“There are some things that are not being looked at,” Trump said.
“There are things that you cannot even talk about with me that are very, very difficult, because you’re talking about, you know, a military that’s really obsolete, that’s very old, and it’s not worth it.
And I’ve always said, you can’t talk about something that’s not being talked about.”
Of course, Trump is right about the size.
The current US military consists of around 1.2 million troops, with about 3.6 million deployed overseas, and over 7 million active-duty personnel.
The number of active-dwelling troops in the US military is about 6 million.
But what’s the cost of cutting back on the military?
As former Defense Secretary Robert Gates once told NBC News, “There’s a cost.
I can assure you that.”
To put it simply, the US government would have to make significant cuts in its budget in order for the US to pay for everything that Trump wants.
And that means the military could end up with a much smaller budget.
The Defense Department estimates that a reduction in the size or scope of its armed forces would save it $8.9 billion annually.
It’s worth noting that the current US Army is not expected to receive any additional funding in fiscal year 2021.
That’s not to say that cutting the military is not a viable option.
But for the purposes of this analysis, I’ve decided to look only at the short-term cost.
For now, the only thing that we can do with the current funding is focus on the long-term, which is why I’m only including the $8 billion in total savings over the next two years.