Military service members are literally on the front lines. You are first to feel the affects of consequences military spending, and the effects of shifting military priorities, as well as military budget cuts.
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$11 Trillion Closer to Safety?

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Today, military and national security spending adds up to trillions of U.S. budget dollars.

In a strained economy, military spending cuts can seem essential; but just where those military budget cuts fall and how we can we preserve the efficacy of the U.S. military and our goals of national security with a reduced military expenditure, are issues that merit more scrutiny.

Military service members are literally on the front lines. You are first to feel the affects of consequences military spending, and the effects of shifting military priorities, as well as military budget cuts. It is essential for military service members to question the use of trillions of military budget dollars spent in the early 21st century.

Where should the US place our future military spending priorities?

MEASURING NATIONAL SAFETY

With trillions of dollars in war spending, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, among others - are we more or less safe?

Some argue that long-term military campaigns not only increase death tolls, but create tensions in some of the most politically volatile regions of the world, which may in turn create new generations of insurgents and terrorists.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Pentagon allies have spoken against military cost-cutting, and larger 2012 military budgets move forward.

LOW ACCOUNTABILITY AND HIGH RISK GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been listed as "high risk" since 2003 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the GAO, high risk agencies are most in need of reform due to high probability of fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

High risk and low accountability is a dangerous combination for the U.S. The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires an annual Pentagon audit, and members of congress have attempted to cap military spending until an audit passes.

However, the Department of Defense has yet to pass an audit for military spending, leaving the military, taxpayers, and congress unaware of how trillions of budget dollars are being spent.

Without transparency and assessment, it's impossible for the military or Congress to know the merits of the national security budgets - which hinders the ability to effectively allocate federal resources and decide where to cut military and Pentagon budgets.



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