What We Need: Extravagance and Shortages in America's Military

What We Need: Extravagance and Shortages in America's Military

by Barrett Tillman
     
 

In early 2006 the Army chief of staff reported about $440 billion in expenditures. A dollar bill is a smidgen over six inches long. If 440 billion greenbacks are placed end to end, they would extend 220 billion feet, or 41,600,000 miles. That is 1,664 times around the equator. If the greenbacks had Andy Jacksons picture instead of George Washingtons, that line

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In early 2006 the Army chief of staff reported about $440 billion in expenditures. A dollar bill is a smidgen over six inches long. If 440 billion greenbacks are placed end to end, they would extend 220 billion feet, or 41,600,000 miles. That is 1,664 times around the equator. If the greenbacks had Andy Jacksons picture instead of George Washingtons, that line still would run well over 2,000,000 miles. That is about four trips to the moon and back. So, then.....

On $440 billion, how is it possible that soldiers still lack sufficient body armor, training facilities and ammunition, and high-tech bandages?

On $440 billion, how is it possible that there is not enough money for vehicle maintenance and repair?

On $440 billion, how is it possible that GIs still write home asking folks to send socks and sheets and batteries?

What We Need addresses The Great American Dichotomy: we allocate vast sums for our military, yet inevitably we spend most of that treasure on technical marvels that we do not use. And if we do not use them, we are entitled to ask how much we need them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760328699
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Barrett Tillman is the author of Whirlwind in addition to more than 40 books and 550 articles. Tillman's work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the air force, the navy, and Marine Corps. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Sally.

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