Pentagon told to start planning for fiscal cliff cuts
December 5th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Pentagon told to start planning for fiscal cliff cuts

(CNN) - The White House has ordered the military to start planning for the possibility of cutting $500 billion from its budget over the next 10 years as part of the fiscal cliff, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday.

Agency spokesman George Little told reporters that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) instructed the Defense Department to start internal planning for possible spending reductions on top of other cuts already in the pipeline.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    But but but....we need more horses and bayonettes!!!

    December 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Patriot Awesome

    Oh no! We're going to have less expensive ways to kill brown people now!

    December 5, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. John

    The positive about going off of the cliff, is the long term benefits to our deficit......some of the cuts, and tax increases would be changed after the new congress comes in, but some would not have the bipartisan support to re–install, so right now, while I would prefer an agreement, Obama is smart to assume, that not only will Democrats gain by going over the cliff, but the short term problems that it creates will be modified soon enough to reduce the damage........the GOP has a big problem.............Obama is smarter than they are..............but it is good for the country..........

    December 5, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    The Soviets are gaining on us !

    December 5, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama was daydreaming, if he really thought he was getting his way.

    December 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    No problem. Wind the military action in the Midle East.

    Also, the Department of Homeland Security seems to have turned into a cash cow for defense and security contractors. What began as an agency to coordinate intelligence between existing defense and intelligence has grown from a $10 billion budget during its' first year, to an agency with a $100 billion budget before Bush left office. It is comprised of more than 40 sub-agencies overseeing roughly 500 sub-contractors, while the original mission of coordinating existing agencies seems to have gotten lost. It is well on its' way to becoming a second, but secretive, Department of Defense.

    December 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Pippa

    ...and ships...

    December 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama was daydreaming, if he really thought he was getting his way.
    Pres. Obama won re-election and GOT his way. Dream on.

    December 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Soviets need bread. So do not worry. Good news today. No new wars read my lips.

    December 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Pentagon, you are on the chopping block. CHOP CHOP.

    December 5, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    To quote Lincoln's Secretary of War Stanton in a different context:

    "The champagne and oysters on the Potomac must stop."


    December 5, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Max

    Defense cuts are fine but keep in mind Obama will find some other creatve ways to spend that money on social programs. Spendthift trusts could not contain Obama's enthusiam for waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. He feels unleashed after the election and all the drones are singing with him. All the glories of spending $$$.

    December 5, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. jpmichigan

    The Senate just passed a huge amount of money for defense, only to have it shot down. The USA will be as safe as , Lybia was for the 4 American murdered there. This administration didnot provide safety and security for them, no the President ( who will blame the Republicans of course) will lack in making the US of A safe from TERRORIST. Sorry Mr. President the terrorist are not on the run, you make us look like we are.

    December 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    What are the cuts for welfare and food stamps? Oh, just as I thought they need a raise.

    December 5, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. John the Historian

    It is time the military-industrial complex get cuts. No to wars of choice. No to the Neocons. No to John Bolton. No to proxy wars for Israsel. War is only death, destruction, disease, and horror. Want a war then enroll into the military and make sure your children are used for cannon fodder. Create a Palestinian state as Bush II promised by 2005.

    December 5, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    I think Obama really wants to go off the fiscal cliff. Today I say a clip of a talk Obama gave during the the old debt ceiling negoiations. Obama was calling for 1.2 trillion in new revenue and said you could get there without increasing tax rates. He said you could do it by getting rid of tax loop holes, capping deductions and expanding the tax base. Don't believe me, go look it up. Today he says you can not even get 800 billion that way. Today he says you only get 350 to 450 billion. Do the voters who voted Obama back into office pay attention what this double talker and deciever even says. And based on an ABC news report Obama also said today he would not accept a possible so called doomsday plan by Republicans to only make the Bush tax cuts for the middle class permant if no deal can be made before going over the cliff. Yet Obama has been running all over the nation at tax payers expense calling on the Republicans to pass the middle class tax cuts now and quit holding the middle class hostage. Today Pelosi called on Republicans to decouple the middle class tax cuts from the rich and pass just a middle class tax cut now and quit holding the middle class hostage. How is the possible Repubican plan to do just that if a deal can not be made any different than what he has been asking them to do. If Republicans did do that and Obama and Senate Democrats rejected it no middle class tax payer would blame Republicans for their tax increase, they would blame Obama and the Democrats. They might blame Republicans for a larger deal not getting done, but not for the middle class tax increase. It is clear Obama wants to go over the cliff. Hang on everyone. Safe landings!

    December 5, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Dave Jaipersaud

    I guess the Republicans rather sellout the military so that their friends – the top 2% income earners in this country, can enjoy their lavish tax breaks which most of them don't need or care about. The Republicans have no moral compass. They would sellout the military and stick the middle-class and poor with a higher bill to reduce the deficit before asking their wealthy donors and friends to pay a bit more. You know how we all get outraged when we see someone taking advantage of a helpless individual, well, this is the kind of outrage we should feel towards the Republicans.

    December 5, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |