The Annual List
I really didn’t know what else to call it. That will do.
The U.S. budget is going to get beaten down. The following is only one opinion of what can stay and what has to go for the U.S. military to even consider surviving in a grave budget climate.
The U.S. Navy
Park two carriers and stop production on current carriers.
Keep building Burkes at a low rate.
End the LCS. Existing LCS contracts will go until completed. All existing LCS will be transfered to the U.S. Coast Guard where they will patrol in the Carribean and out of San Diego.
R&D for a nuclear destroyer. The goal is to have a all nuclear powered carrier battle group.
Scrap the DDX.
The submarine program will continue as-is.
The carrier air wing plan will continue minus the F-35 as this program will be cancelled.
The USMC. It will be retired with whatever manpower slots are needed, transfered over into the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Air Force. It will cease to exist in its present form. All flying units will be transfered into the Air National Guard. The U.S. Air Force such as it is, will be nothing more than a management function at the DOD level to see that the Air National Guard functions. It will go by the name; Air National Guard Headquarters. The current U.S. Federal budget used on today’s Air Force (significantly reduced) will feed into their own seperate color of money at the Guard units.
A sample of some of the airframes allowed to exist will be the F-22, the F-15E, the A-10, the C-130, the C-17, the C-5 and the B-2. The B-2 nuclear mission will end. The B-1, B-52 and F-16 will be retired. As the KC-X comes online, half of them will be managed by the U.S. Navy.
ICBMs will be managed as a separate DOD command yet to be named.
Military space systems will be managed under their own command reporting to the DOD.
The U.S. Army. Any kind of manpower asset that exists in the current wars today that is doing ground missions will have those slots moved into the U.S. Army. We do not need 4 land Armies. Large portions of infantry, engineer and aviation skills will be put into the National Guard with Regiments being the prime organic unit.
Keep a watchful eye on Army Aviation to make sure it gets funded and properly sustained.
There will be two types of basic training centers. One for the Army and Air National Guard and the other for the Navy. The USAF Academy will be closed.
Half of all flag ranks will be retired immediately.