And thePresident Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.
The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.
In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016. Hellfire program, too. Cornerstone of U.S. Naval power eliminated under Obama budget .
“It doesn’t make sense,” said Seth Cropsey, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower. “This really moves the U.S. away from a position of influence and military dominance.”
Cropsey said that if someone were trying to “reduce the U.S. ability to shape events” in the world, “they couldn’t find a better way than depriving the U.S. fleet of Tomahawks. It’s breathtaking.”
Navy experts and retired officials fear that the elimination of the Tomahawk and Hellfire systems—and the lack of a battle-ready replacement—will jeopardize the U.S. Navy’s supremacy as it faces increasingly advanced militaries from North Korea to the Middle East.
The cuts are “like running a white flag up on a very tall flag pole and saying, ‘We are ready to be walked on,’” Cropsey said.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell called the cuts to the Tomahawk program devastating for multiple reasons.
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If your TLAM were your only weapon, the mic-entrenched commentators might have a point. Trouble is, your TLAM is not your only weapon.
I'll wager your mic friends want both your TLAM and your LRSAM.
You do know your military is larger than the ten or so next lager militaries, combined, don't you?
bec, the Tomahawk was really something 25 years ago and somewhat so for awhile after that. Have you rabid RWNJs considered that it may now be less effective and more costly then the Drones that are now available which Obama has been using more effectively, in your system of evaluation, than any previous President.
But don't let the now too costly and less effective Tomahawk facts stop you and your RWNJ pals from ramping up to full screech a whole new set of lies here because more and more that is becoming the main thing you characters do best.
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OMG elk, what chutzpah you have accusing the patriotic right of lies while all the time you said nothing about President Pinnochio. Military experts would disagree with your quoted ineffectiveness of the missile and comparing it to drones is juvenile thinking. Be honest, you never saw a military cut you didn't like. When you consider world affairs today, it is foolish to weaken your military forces at a time when potential enemies are building theirs up.
"...Have you rabid RWNJs considered that it may now be less effective and more costly then the Drones that are now available which Obama has been using more effectively,..."
Hey Elky, could ya explain to us the weapons system that makes ya drones more effective and in what way? Thanks in advance.
Haven't seen the story yet Elk, but I'm most concerned over the overall reduction in the defense budget. Readiness and deployment stories from every branch. Read the assessment on China and Japan? You Libroids dreamed of the anti Reagan and you sure got him.