Army to Congress: Thanks, but No Tanks

0 Posted by - October 10, 2012 - Conspiracies & Scandals, Economics, Military, Money

In response to this Sen. Rand Paul wrote, “The Army says it has too many tanks. The Army tells Congress how they can save taxpayers $3 billion by not building more tanks. Congress says no. This alone demands an Audit of the Pentagon. And this is but one example.”

tank profile 300x190 Army to Congress: Thanks, but No TanksIf you need an example of why it is hard to cut the budget in Washington look no further than this Army depot in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada range.

CNN was allowed rare access to what amounts to a parking lot for more than 2,000 M-1 Abrams tanks. Here, about an hour’s drive north of Reno, Nevada, the tanks have been collecting dust in the hot California desert because of a tiff between the Army and Congress.

The U.S. has more than enough combat tanks in the field to meet the nation’s defense needs – so there’s no sense in making repairs to these now, the Army’s chief of staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told Congress earlier this year.

If the Pentagon holds off repairing, refurbishing or making new tanks for three years until new technologies are developed, the Army says it can save taxpayers as much as $3 billion.

That may seem like a lot of money, but it’s a tiny sacrifice for a Defense Department that will cut $500 billion from its budget over the next decade and may be forced to cut a further $500 billion if a deficit cutting deal is not reached by Congress.

CONTINUED at CNN. Video at link.

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