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Croatia has to increase defense budget by 2,8 billion HRK

Posted by picard578 on February 17, 2017

Source: Večernji list

A day after new US defense minister James Mattis requested allied countries to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP, Croatian Minister of Defense Damir Krstičević stated that a decision on Croatian Air Force can help Croatia meet the target, increasing defense expenditure from current 1,23% of GDP. At this moment, only seven NATO members has no air force. Reaching the 2% target would mean increasing the defense budget by 400 million USD (2,8 billion HRK). Currently, United States are responsible for 70% of NATOs military capabilities. Mattis has also stated that “Americans cannot care more for the future of your children than you can”.


Freedom is not free but unfortunately Croatian politicians do not want free Croatia. For this reason, the Communist Party of Croatia (divided into so-called HDZ and SDP) has systematically gutted Croatian military.


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F-35 contracts by Picdelamirand-oil

Posted by picard578 on November 5, 2016

It is completly flaw. That is the normal wrong way to compute F-35 price. People takes the last contract price to L.M. and divide by the number of planes. In this case it is $6,370,955,495 divided by 57 that is to say $ 111.77 Millions but the real price have to takes into acount all contracts related to LRIP 9 like long lead items and so on. Here is the list Read the rest of this entry »

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Obsession with big and expensive – the psychology of military procurement

Posted by picard578 on June 16, 2016

Humans have been obsessed with biggest, largest, most expensive, and other ways to blow resources, since the time immemorial. Earliest religious mythology refers to the attempts to build a tower to heaven – typically unsuccessful. Early civilizations around the world undertook giant constructions – Taj Mahal in India, pyramides of Egypt, various temples and churches of the Mediterranean. Even today we are doing it, despite their waste – because humanity in general has always been excellent and fooling itself; this goes for individuals as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to reduce fighter aircraft costs

Posted by picard578 on May 15, 2015

There are three basic principles of fighter aircraft cost reduction:

  1. keep it small
  2. keep it simple
  3. keep it single

However, they are not the only relevant issues; others will be adressed here as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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CDI: Where is the Payoff for Huge US Budget Hikes

Posted by picard578 on January 1, 2015

Smaller, Older, Less Prepared
Where Is the Payoff for Huge U.S. Budget Hikes?
by Winslow T. Wheeler

Since 2001, Congress has given the Pentagon more than $1 trillion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the same period, Congress and the Pentagon have added a second trillion dollars to the nonwar (base) part of the Pentagon budget.

You’d think all that added money would give us larger forces, a newer hardware inventory and better trained people. Instead, the windfall made our forces smaller, older and less ready to fight.

A rare few in Congress have begun to notice that more money has bought less defense.

They portend a major shift in the consensus on defense spending. The coming change is a byproduct of the realization that the Pentagon is an integral part of a federal government with spending that is out of control. The Pentagon and the majority of champions of higher defense budgets in conservative think tanks and Congress are trying to head off the coming cuts with seemingly dramatic, but substantively feeble, initiatives.

Here are the facts underlying the need for real reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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F-35s cost reduction promises and reality

Posted by picard578 on December 25, 2014

On page 6, it is stated that the F-35s cost has increased by 7,4 billion USD, which is in direct contradiction to statements that the F-35s costs are decreasing. It should be noted that increases due to reduced production rate only account for 5% of the figure, and probably less. Life clycle costs are said to be decreased, but that is in the rank of glass ball prophecies.

On page 18, total acquisition cost for the F-35 is stated to be 398.584.600.000 USD. Read the rest of this entry »

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CDI: The Stench of Elitism in the Defense Budget

Posted by picard578 on December 1, 2014

The stench of elitism is permeating Washington, just as it did a decade ago when everyone of consequence bought the proposition that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction — and even if there was room for doubt, he was a threat and “had to go.” Today, the subject matter is different, but the methods are the same: say things that are demonstrably false but use enough extreme rhetoric from four star admirals, cabinet secretaries and congressional chairmen to establish a middle ground that eliminates opposition. Those who fear being labeled out of the mainstream, especially the major media, are buying it just as mindlessly as they did before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

This time the subject matter is the defense budget. Cutting it is the target of rhetorical gibberish, just as President George Bush warned of a “mushroom cloud” over America if we didn’t invade Iraq. Nonetheless, it is politically potent and intimidating to opponents who might otherwise speak up.

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Aircraft prices FY2014

Posted by picard578 on September 28, 2014

Aircraft costs FY2014



A-4 – 11,2 million USD

A-6E – 38,3 million USD

A-10 – 20 million USD Read the rest of this entry »

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Briefing on DODs QDR and 2007 Budget

Posted by picard578 on June 22, 2013

By Winslow Wheeler,
Straus Military Reform Project

February 14, 2006

My recent briefing to the press on DOD’s new Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and the new 2007 defense budget made the following points:

  • The new 2007 defense budget achieves a post-World War II high for defense spending, and yet it supports new lows in the quantity of Army divisions, Navy combat ships, and Air Force wings.
  • In their depictions of the defense budget, both liberals and conservatives bias their typical presentations to conform to their preconceptions. These days, few consider a depiction of the threat.
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s new QDR fails to address the key rationale established by Congress in the statute calling for QDRs: that the defense budget be sized to execute the new defense plan and that the new defense plan be devised to implement the national defense strategy. The 2005 QDR does not address budget requirements even superficially, and while the strategy focuses on unconventional 4th generation war (“the Long War”), the defense plan remains focused on conventional war.
  • Many of the new budget’s ideas for strengthening our forces for 4th generation war are too little, too late, and other ideas start to fall apart on close inspection.
  • Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has requested a budget he knows Congress will augment and expand. Proposals to reduce the Army Reserve and National Guard, to truncate C-17 production, and to retire prematurely the F-117 “stealth” bomber (and other proposals), are what some call “Washington Monument Drills” (“WMDs,” they are proposed budget reductions the Pentagon knows Congress will immediately add back into the budget). The thought that any such money will be saved is surely illusory.

In sum, in a time of war and when certain critical elements of the defense budget require steadfast support and straightforward justification, today’s Pentagon leadership gives the nation mismatches between rhetoric and realities and a focus on budget gimmicks. A copy of the briefing slides is attached (1 MB PPT).

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Decoding US military spending for the 2013

Posted by picard578 on December 29, 2012

Many US neoconservatives are concerned about “disastrous” defense budget cuts proposed for 2013. by the Obama administration. Thus, I have decided to check how high defense-related spending really will be even after the cuts.

Let’s start with this document. First value is “Department of Defense – Military”. Quite straightforward, and it gives 613.916.000.000,00 USD.

Further, “Atomic energy defense activities” adds 17.975.000.000,00 USD. “Defense-related activities” add,00 USD. Total of above is 639.059.000.000,00 USD.

Now there is “Mandatory spending”. There, “DoD-Military” adds 6.344.000.000,00 USD. “Atomic energy defense activities” adds 1.444.000.000,00 USD. “Defense-related activities” adds 574.000.000,00 USD.

Grand total of above is 647.421.000.000,00 USD of direct military spending.


In “International Affairs”, “International Security Assistance” adds,00 USD, plus 143.000.000,00 USD of discretionary spending.

As such, direct defense spending is 661.619.000.000,00 USD.


“Foreign military sales trust fund” adds,00 USD. “Naval petroleum reserves operations” adds 15.000.000,00 USD.

“DoD Medicare-eligible retiree health care fund” adds 9.727.000.000,00 USD. “Armed forces retirement home” adds 68.000.000,00 USD. “Military retirement” adds 54.759.000.000,00 USD.

In “Veterans benefits and services”, discretionary spending comes to,00 USD, whereas mandatory spending comes to 76.532.000.000,00 USD. Total for “Veterans benefits and services” is thus 137.734.000.000,00 USD.

Interest on military retirement is,00 USD. That on “DoD retiree health-care fund” is 7.430.000.000,00 USD.

Total defense-related spending according to above would be 902.779.000.000,00 USD




Second section gives same data, but different figures.


Discretionary spending for National Defense is as follows: “Department of Defense – Military”: 666.154.000.000,00 USD. There is also,00 USD for “Atomic energy defense activities” and 7.596.000.000,00 USD for Defense-related activities.

Mandatory spending is 6.721.000.000 USD for “Department of Defense – Military”, 1.444.000.000,00 USD for “Atomic energy defense activities” and 574.000.000,00 USD for “Defense-related activities”.

Additional,00 go for “International security assistance”, 6.470.000.000,00 for “Department of Energy science programs”, 24.000.000,00 for “Naval petroleum reserves operations”,,00 for DoD Medicare-eligible retiree health care fund, 83.000.000,00 for “Armed forces retirement home”, 54.561.000.000,00 for “Military retirement”,,00 for “Veterans benefits and services”.

Above results in sum of 927.436.000.000 USD for defense related spending, producing interest (with 3,15% interest rate) of USD.


This document gives total direct defense spending as 702.217.000.000 USD, and total defense-related spending as 956.650.000.000 USD.


According to this document, total DoD spending is 672.879.000.000 USD for direct military spending.

However, Department of Energy defense-related activities add USD, Department of Homeland Security adds USD, Department of Veteran Affairs adds 139.742.000.000 USD, Military Retirement adds 54.561.000.000,00 USD, health care adds,00 USD, educational benefits add 164.000.000,00 USD, Armed Forces Retirement Home adds 68.000.000,00 USD, and Other Defense Civil Programs add,00 USD.

Foreign military financing programs add 6.556.000.000,00 USD, Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability program adds 640.000.000,00 USD, International Military Education and Training adds 104.000.000,00 USD, Peacekeeping operations add 416.000.000,00 USD, Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining, and Related Programs add 604.000.000,00 USD, Global Security Contingency Fund adds 30.000.000,00 USD, Military Sales add,00 USD.

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board adds,00 USD. Intelligence Community Management Account adds 553.000.000,00 USD, United States court for appeals of veteran claims adds 38.000.000,00 USD.

Department of Homeland Security adds further 55.345.000.000,00 USD. Total is thus 1.029.534.000.000 USD.


This document gives total direct defense spending as 672.879.000.000 USD, and total defense-related spending as 1.029.534.000.000 USD.


To these figures, one should add 97 billion USD – how much is war in Afghanistan projected to cost in 2013 – and DoD share of interest on debt (21%; entire interest is 268 billion USD, which makes for 56,28 billion USD).


To sum up:





DoD – Military: 666.154.000.000,00 USD

Atomic energy defense activities:,00 USD

Defense-related activities: 7.596.000.000,00 USD



DoD – Military: 6.721.000.000,00 USD

Atomic energy defense activities: 1.444.000.000,00 USD

Defense-related activities: 574.000.000,00 USD


Total: 702.217.000.000,00 USD




International security assistance:,00 USD

Naval petroleum reserve operations: 24.000.000,00 USD

DoD Medicare-eligible retiree health care fund:,00 USD

Armed forces retirement home: 83.000.000,00 USD

Military retirement: 54.561.000.000,00 USD

Veterans benefits and services:,00 USD

Health care:,00 USD

Educational benefits: 164.000.000,00 USD

Other Defense Civil Programs:,00 USD

Intelligence Community Management Account: 553.000.000,00 USD

Court of Appeals of Veteran Claims: 38.000.000,00 USD

Departments’ defense spending:

– Department of Energy:,00 USD

– Department of Homeland Security: 55.345.000.000,00 USD

– Department of Veteran Affairs: 139.742.000.000,00 USD


– Military Retirement:,00 USD

– DoD retiree health-care fund: 7.430.000.000,00 USD

– DoD share of interest on debt: USD

War in Afghanistan:,00 USD


Total related: 603.276.000.000,00 USD


Total US defense spending request for 2013:

895.527.000.000,00 USD as absolute lowest

1.361.773.000.000,00 USD absolute maximum

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