Tuesday, February 4, 2014

More Tanks Make Us Less Safe

Pennsylvania is home to a major plant producing armored vehicles for the Army. Funding for armored vehicles will likely go away if the Army gets its way. It has too many tanks and armored vehicles now. With the budget for the military shrinking the Army is faced with cutting its combat brigades and carefully choosing which weapons systems it needs. However, Congress allocates the funds. Congress will attempt to keep funding for armored vehicles at a higher rate than needed protecting the profits of firms in their congressional districts and protecting jobs. If Congress gets its way the nation suffers. We will buy equipment that we don't need and will not have enough money for the equipment that we do need. Warfare changes and so does the equipment needed to fight the wars; we need to be adaptable and think about more than a firms bottom line and a few hundred jobs at a defense firm. Read more in "The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn't need it, but industry wants to keep building it", The Washington Post, January 31, 2014.

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