Defense Spending Reform
I do not see the need to increase Defense spending when the Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste. The United States’ spends more on defense than the next seven highest spenders combined!
When I worked in contracts we used a concept called the “Total Cost of Ownership” (TCO). This is when you asses the cost of a project looking at the initial costs but you also look at at what is will cost to operate and maintain the project over its expected lifetime.
The TCO would work for the military as before we commit to foreign involvement not only would initial cost considered, but also what it will cost to keep our troops there for expected duration,the expense to rebuild the country and most importantly what it is going to cost to take care of our physically and emotionally damaged troops when they come home. If all costs were considered up front we would not be so quick to invade other countries.
Why is it that we can always find billions to bomb go to war in Iraq or Afghanistan or to bomb ISIS in Iraq and Syria but we cannot find money for education and infrastructure repair here in the U.S.? I would change this.
Since 9/11 foreign-born terrorists have killed roughly one American per year. Compared to the threat posed by non-American terrorists the data suggest the typical American is:
- 6 times more likely to die from a shark attack (one of the rarest forms of death on Earth)
- 29 times more likely to die from a regional asteroid strike
- 407,000 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle incident
- 6.9 million times more likely to die from cancer or heart disease
Put another way, as frightening and disturbing as events like 9/11 are, an American’s unfathomably remote chances of winning the Powerball lottery jackpot are many times greater than those of being killed by a refugee terrorist on any given year — and even higher compared to the odds of being killed by an illegal immigrant terrorist.
I hear and see too many politician substituting fear for reason. I will work hard to make educated, informed decisions about foreign policy, not emotional or fear based decisions.