Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Sacrifice Military Readiness

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Sacrifice Military Readiness

Article excerpt

Doing more with less is the order of the day, both in private industry and in the military. The Clinton administration plans to cut Pentagon spending by more than $100 billion by 1997 and reduce troop strength accordingly. Critics complain U.S. defense forces will be hollowed out as a result. Such criticism always exists, but it may have a point - at least when it comes to readiness.

Military training, pay and the amenities that help attract and retain the best soldiers may be suffering, though the various branches of the service disagree on whether that's happening. But one thing seems to be undeniable: Spending on unneeded weapons is keeping funds for readiness tight.

This year's military budget continues to force on the Pentagon weapons it doesn't want - like the SR-71 Blackbird, America's fastest spy plane, now retired. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, thinks the plane is needed and has put $100 million into the budget for it. …

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