The Washington Times  has run an exposé of the Obama cuts at the US Defense Department (DoD).  As many readers no doubt know, the US government is in dire need of budgetary cutbacks to get control of the out-of-control federal spending. All federal agencies should have to participate in the budget cutting process. Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for cutting the bloated federal budget, but the Obama administration is implementing a cut of the USA’s uniformed military forces and its vital military equipment at a time when America’s rivals (Russia, China and Iran) are implementing big military increases in their weaponry. 
The Obama administration proposes to slash “ground forces by more than 10%, retiring ships and combat planes and putting off the purchase of some new weapons.” All of these cuts are being made to the “muscle” of the US military. However, the Obama administration is not cutting the incredibly bloated “fat” that most people don’t realize is in the Defense Department budget—its massive and oversized civilian workforce. While Obama proposes to cut the uniformed military force “back to nearly its 2001 roster of 1.4 million,” it is ignoring the need to cut the civilian workforce of the Defense Department instead of its uniformed personnel. I think it would shock the American public to know that 801,000 civilians now are employed by the Defense Department (up 6% under Obama), which the article notes exceeds the combined size of the active-duty Navy and Air Force! But wait, the real truth is even uglier. There are also 766,000 “private contractors” on the payroll of the Defense Department. That means the non-uniformed civilian and private contractors at the Defense Department actually outnumber the uniformed personnel “by more than 150,000.” Who are these 766,000 “private contractors?” Do they handle computers or weapons? If it is the latter, why aren’t they under the command structure of the US military? Is someone building a private army that is outside (and not responsible to) the normal command structure of the USA’s military?  
Good grief! How did this upside-down situation ever come to pass? Obviously, the Defense Department doesn’t need to make any of Obama’s proposed cuts in the Defense Department’s uniformed services and its military equipment. It could save mega-billions by cutting the civilian workforce in half and drastically cutting the numbers of “military contractors.” The article cites a retired Marine Corps general as saying “the defense budget is suffering through rapid increases in personnel overhead costs at the expense of the troops,” and added “You want to put your money in the tip of the spear, not the rear with the gear.”
When the USA gets in a massive war for its survival in the future (which Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies is certain to occur in our future at the end of this age), do you want the Defense Department to have a large number of real soldiers to defend the nation or do you want an army of “paper-pushers?” The Obama administration is turning the Defense Department into a sinecure for people it wants to favor with government jobs. Why didn’t Obama cut the bloated army of civilian Defense Department employees? My opinion is because these civilian employees are mostly government bureaucrats who will vote for the “Party of Big Government”—the Democrats. The really necessary part of the Defense Department—the uniformed services—tends to vote conservative and/or Republican.
So…the Obama administration continues to weaken the USA’s military forces at a time when our future enemies are rapidly increasing their military forces and when worn-out, overused US military equipment badly needs replacing with new, modern weapons. It is doing so even though there is a very logical and needed alternative: massive cutbacks in the civilians and “private contractors” on its payroll. Earlier I stated that Ezekiel 38-39’s prophecy foretells the USA (and its global allies) will be in an all-out war for survival at the end of this age. My articles, The United States of America in Biblical Prophecy and What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals About a Future World War III [PDF] will give abundant documentation for my assertion about Ezekiel 38-39’s prophecy.
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