Andrew Norman Blog Entry #6

The Executive Branch

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24886959

This article describes the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford. The article then proceeds to describe the various innovations of the Gerald R. Ford, which include laser defenses, drone capability, a redesigned nuclear reactor, and a significantly reduced crew requirement. For the grand opening of this “technological marvel,” President Ford’s daughter stated that she had “faith” that the ship’s future crew would reflect the “integrity” of her father. The ship, which will be completed in 2015, is currently 13 Billion dollars over budget. This extreme cost difference will be somewhat countered by the retirement of the USS Enterprise. 

The advent of this extremely expensive project comes at a time when many question the importance of ballooning US military costs. Though numbers vary, the US is expected to spend more than 100 billion dollars more on the military than all the other militaries of the world combined. It seems plainly irresponsible to so clearly contradict the will of the people at a time when our national budget is wildly off-kilter. Our military is no longer for our protection; it is the world insurance policy. The government has time and time again stressed the importance of a massive army for the maintenance of our security and peace abroad. While that may be true, such a large army only means longterm cost for the United States. First and foremost, our enormous military makes the US the go-to nation when things lose control overseas. Countless instances like the Syrian rebel movement and its allies’ call for US assistance demonstrate the accuracy of our worldwide stance as an enforcer. This dynamic only invites expense for the American people. Second, the US continues to invest in the military-industrial complex, and it is beginning to hurt us. We invest trillions for defense, and then send those resources abroad in our various campaigns. While it does support American industry, it is once again primarily the expense of lives and money for most. We do not need this big of a military, and we certainly do not need a military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned of. We will only find ourselves engaged time after time for the sake of maintaining industrial security. In truth, this industrial focus is not the future of the American economy. The US cannot hope to match the industrial economies of Brazil, India, Russia, and especially China. Our future and our prosperity as a nation lies within technology innovation and ideas. As the US’s industrial economy lags, we remain the forefront of innovation. 

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