From Cordesman Fools, Liars, Political Posturers, and Deficit Reducers: Budget Cuts and National Security Anthony has a point here, the UK's recent Strategic Defence and Security Review was hasty and shambolic but this looks even less promising. There's a lot of lard that could be trimmed from US defense spending but it's often politically very difficult as it's really a for of federal subsidy to multiple states and at bottom destroying jobs during a recession is wrong headed. That will make it very hard to agree anything and then the arbitrary cuts are meant to get applied. Completely unrealistic. Defense is ground were the Dems feel their base will tolerate cuts and there is some bi-partisan feeling that they can work together on. That's even more likely to cause short sighted cuts in useful programs.