I, personally, think that a lot of money could be cut out of the Defense Department’s budget. There is strong evidence that the DOD bureaucracy is mostly an obstacle to action, and several Secretaries of Defense have tried to reform it or, failing that, to work around it. So I think that money could be saved, if an administration were willing to take on 1) the entrenched bureaucracy of the department, and 2) influential Congressmen and Senators who are determined to preserve bases and weapons programs that benefit their districts and states.
Unfortunately, that isn’t what the Obama administration has in mind. Obama intends to cut the defense budget the easy way–no reform, no hard decisions, just saving money by impairing our ability to defend ourselves. Michael Ramirez illustrates how Obama intends to make our armed forces leaner: