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The defense budget implosion (III): Republicans may see Obama’s defense cuts and then cut another $200 billion

So says Max "Das" Boot, attributing to a Capitol Hill newspaper. Whatever equipment the military owns now, it better get used to it. Meanwhile, there is some weird bill moving through Congress to try to raise $1.3 billion by changing the way commissaries operate. I don’t understand how this is supposed to work. Funny how ...

By , a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy.
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So says Max "Das" Boot, attributing to a Capitol Hill newspaper. Whatever equipment the military owns now, it better get used to it.

So says Max "Das" Boot, attributing to a Capitol Hill newspaper. Whatever equipment the military owns now, it better get used to it.

Meanwhile, there is some weird bill moving through Congress to try to raise $1.3 billion by changing the way commissaries operate. I don’t understand how this is supposed to work. Funny how all the congressional initiatives are going after troop benefits, instead of programs that might touch the defense industry.

People who joined the military since 9/11, when the money spigot was opened full, have no sense of the budget environment they are heading into. Kind of reminds me of the time during the Depression when the military took a month-long pay holiday. Back then George Marshall, overseeing a garrison, encouraged his subordinates to make sure that married soldiers planted vegetable gardens, to ensure that their families would eat.

Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1

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