In his October 17, 2011 viewpoint, Congressman Bishop rightly points out that we should not jeopardize our national safety for a political agenda. He is also correct when he tells us that the Federal Government has incurred staggering debt and borrows 43 cents of every dollar spent. The question then becomes how to ensure vital defense services are not put at risk while it is clear that massive spending cuts are needed across the board (including the military) to get the country back on track.
I had the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time examining utility services including water, wastewater and electric power at military bases around the country. I was appalled at the amount of waste and inefficiency that was present when compared to the private sector. There is no doubt that there are massive amounts of waste in all Federal services including the military.
While Bishop is partially on the right track, he needs to understand that much savings can be achieved through improved management efficiency in the military. Precisely targeted budget cuts in defense spending are necessary.
It's Bishop's job to ensure the proper cuts are made to promote economic efficiencies so that there is neither loss of national safety nor waste of precious national financial resources.