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March 19 2013

Another Place to Cut: The MEADS Program

Carrie L. Lukas

 

Washington is supposed to be grappling with tough questions about how to trim back spending.  Yet some of these questions shouldn’t be tough.  Here’s a no-brainer cut that should be made immediately:  ending funding for missile systems that everyone agrees will never be put to use.

Citizens Against Government Waste provides a good 101 on the issue—the Medium Extended Air Defense System has been delayed by more than a decade, cost $2 billion more than it was supposed to, and the CBO has recommended eliminating the program. 

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) summed it up nicely:  “We feel strongly that it’s a waste of money.”

Yet the continuing resolution under effect until the 27th including nearly $200 million more for MEADS.  This is appalling even by Washington standards.  Can’t we all agree not to zero out White House tours and instead stop funding useless military equipment? 

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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