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Message to the Federal Assembly - a gift to the Pentagon's embezzlers

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Vladimir Putin’s statement in the message to the Federal Assembly on the creation of new UAVs by Russia, as well as an unlimited range of nuclear weapons, which would make NATO’s defense completely useless, demanded that Washington’s officials and “talking heads” of US departments .



And they entered into a forced controversy. Their response argument was reduced to two positions. First, all that Putin said is “boasting” and “exaggeration.” And secondly, the US military power is “unsurpassed”, since the US military budget is the largest in the world, and almost ten times more than the Russian one.

“The defense potential of the United States is not and will not be equal, and now - thanks to the new defense budget of $ 700 billion - our armed forces will be much more powerful than ever,” said Sarah Sanders, press secretary for the White House. “As the review of the president’s nuclear potential showed, America is moving toward modernizing its nuclear arsenal so that our potential is not equal.”

And you can't argue with these - the American military budget has always been the biggest, just huge, and at times surpassed the Russian one.

But what is surprising, in response to the very specific achievements of the Russian military industrial complex, voiced by the head of the Russian Federation, the Americans voiced only declarations of intent to create a hypersonic weapons (which Russia already has), and modernization of the nuclear potential, to which America is only "moving forward".

Moreover, all the latest American novelties, which cost astronomical sums, are issued “to the mountain” frankly flawed, and “raw”. Thus, a multifunctional fighter-bomber, which cost more than 55 billion dollars, despite the fact that he had already entered the army, and is sold abroad, according to experts, needs to be refined and modernized. But he, at least, flies and carries weapons.

But the combat use of the destroyers of the project DDG 1000 (the cost of the project is more than 22 billion dollars) - Zumvolt and Michael Monsur already entered into the Navy today is simply impossible - due to the fact that their weapons system requires a radical rework. Another novelty - a heavy aircraft carrier "Gerald Ford", which cost the treasury 13 billion, almost immediately after its commissioning, needs, as the commission found out, major repairs - the most important components of the ship do not work. And his shock tests are postponed until the 2024 year!

It is noteworthy that almost immediately after the message of the President of Russia to the Federal Assembly, the head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Defense Studies Department (DARPA), Stephen Walker, held a press conference which stated that the United States did not allocate enough funds to work on the development of hypersonic missiles.

Commenting on the figures of the recently adopted defense budget, Walker said that there are indeed large sums indicated there, but they are intended mainly to increase the number of flight tests and create working prototypes. For work in the field of hypersonic rockets, he said, more investment in infrastructure is needed.

How is it that it turns out that the Americans, with a budget that exceeds the Russian at times, the results of the modernization of the American Armed Forces look so modest in comparison with their opponents - Russia and China?

What, and, most importantly, where does the huge money go?

What is the reason for such inefficient spending of military budget funds?

This question was puzzled even under the previous US administration, when in August 2016, the US Central Control Department revealed huge discrepancies in the financial statements of the US Department of Defense. It’s about 2.8 worth a trillion dollars, and it was only one quarter of 2015. The total expenditures of the budget of the US military ministry for that year could amount to $ 6,5 trillion. However, according to the report, the department did not have any invoices and invoices to confirm these figures.

Then the United States Congress ordered the Department of Defense to undergo a full financial audit by the end of September 2017. However, the Pentagon did not meet the deadline, and the attention of the American public is focused on a much more exciting search for a Russian trace in the US presidential election.

It should be noted that in addition to the amounts that have gone incomprehensibly where, there is no guarantee that the money “spent is known where” was spent efficiently and properly.

For example, every year the Pentagon spends almost a third of its budget - up to 200 billions for maintenance of equipment! Comments, as they say, are superfluous.

The specificity of the United States also lies in the fact that the provision of weapons and army activities, fleet and the Air Force, including logistics and maintenance of bases, engaged in private contractors, which receives the lion's share of the Pentagon budget.

And this situation creates ideal opportunities for creating corruption schemes built on kickbacks. As evidenced by, for example, the purchase of hatch covers for the Bradley BMP at 135 000 dollars apiece. Or the acquisition of a set of absolutely unnecessary items, at an inadequately inflated price.

Similarly, American arms manufacturers, seeking to get as much profit as possible, maximize the cost of the final product, trying to reduce the cost of production. This is how counterfeit Chinese chips appear in the “weapon of the future”, with quite predictable results.

In light of this, Vladimir Putin’s speech is a wonderful gift from the Pentagon, which will now require an even larger budget increase. And everyone wondering about the legality of spending funds will be declared "Kremlin agent".

But the situation is such that the increase in defense spending goes along with the increase in spending on other items. And now you need to find funds to lay the funds for 2019 of the year, where the draft federal budget of the United States provides for a deficit of almost 1 trillion. (in fact, he is likely to be even more). To solve the urgent problem of finding funds, administration consultants offer two options - reducing social programs, or increasing the budget deficit. Both of these options can lead the US to a disastrous consequence. There is, of course, another option - to revise the principles of the formation and use of the military budget, but it does not seem to even consider it.
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  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 March 2018 06: 42
    +6
    The US defense potential is not and will not be equal, and now - thanks to the new defense budget of $ 700 billion - our armed forces will be much more powerful than ever
    One to one - Greg Weiner on Russian TV. Let them think that they are the most, the most, let them require an increase in the budget, this is only to our advantage. It's time to return the "favor" for the Reagan SOI.
    1. alex-cn
      alex-cn 5 March 2018 08: 33
      0
      I will not argue, but there were vague rumors that the SDI was "interference in the outfalls", our simply gave the Americans information about developments that were considered unpromising in the USSR. As a result, they spent heavily on zilch.
    2. Dashout
      Dashout 5 March 2018 09: 54
      +4
      Let them howl .. they have interesting dialogue ahead with NATO satellites. Trump Merkel - give 2%, and that: for what? for a holey umbrella?
      If even Merkel does not say anything (US adherent), then the opposition will raise these issues ..
    3. vlad66
      vlad66 5 March 2018 22: 07
      +7
      Noble hysteria, then we are doing everything right. yes
  2. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 5 March 2018 06: 43
    +8
    Money spent on scientific research usually diverges like pies, the most delicious item on a budget. Americans are amateurs to report for the reporting period in cartoons. smile
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 5 March 2018 08: 30
      +3
      Quote: ul_vitalii
      . Americans are amateurs to report for the reporting period in cartoons.

      It's funny...? (well, we have it on TV, recently there were "cartoons" ...)
      1. Varyag_0711
        Varyag_0711 5 March 2018 09: 45
        +8
        Andrey Yurievich Today, 08:30 ↑ New
        It's funny...? (well, we have it on TV, recently there were "cartoons" ...)
        Do you mean Putin’s speech? If so, what did you want to see? Real flight of a real hypersonic rocket? And who and how can remove such a flight? So don’t need ours about the "cartoons" ...
        1. sapporo1959
          sapporo1959 5 March 2018 09: 56
          +2
          Really! You can’t remove the real flight of a hypersonic rocket, and the real economic growth in any way. They are so fast and so fleeting that you just don’t have time to notice ...
          1. Varyag_0711
            Varyag_0711 5 March 2018 09: 59
            +7
            sapporo1959 Today, 09:56 ↑
            Really! You can’t remove the real flight of a hypersonic rocket, and the real economic growth in any way. They are so fast and so fleeting that you just don’t have time to notice ...
            Listen, dear, what do you personally care about our problems? Or did Belarus end its problems? To get started, get close to at least our indicators, and then we'll talk.
            1. sapporo1959
              sapporo1959 5 March 2018 11: 35
              +1
              Excuse me, sailor! And what does Belarus have to do with the Russian economy and a hypersonic rocket flying like the wind?
              1. Varyag_0711
                Varyag_0711 5 March 2018 11: 41
                +7
                sapporo1959 Today, 11:35 ↑
                Excuse me, sailor! And what does Belarus have to do with the Russian economy
                The most direct thing is that Russia will not give another loan, it will not provide cheap oil and the entire Lukashenka economic miracle will be covered by a floor basin. The economy of Belarus rests only on Russian subsidies, whether you like it or not, but it is.
                and a hypersonic rocket flying like the wind?
                Firstly, it flies faster than the wind, and much faster. Secondly, you really have nothing to do with it.
                And thirdly, we will sort things out in our problems, somehow without your snot. laughing
                1. sapporo1959
                  sapporo1959 5 March 2018 12: 09
                  +2
                  Not that a rocket flies faster than your snot, I realized! But what does this so-called “Lukashenko Economic Miracle” have to do with me if I, as a Russian, are still more concerned with “Medvedev Economic Miracles”? Therefore, I don’t understand how it’s all of you referring to this poor Belarus, which doesn’t even have gas with its oil, but it also has little land, because there are only swamps all around ..?
        2. Semen1972
          Semen1972 5 March 2018 17: 20
          +2
          Quote: Varyag_0711
          Do you mean Putin’s speech? If so, what did you want to see? Real flight of a real hypersonic rocket?

          That's what RosNano invented and is now bringing the nano rocket. Her invisible .. and she is !!!! 300 billion every year is necessary for its refinement !!! Just don’t tell anyone while this is a military secret !!!!
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 5 March 2018 07: 20
    +2
    Therefore, the GDP hinted at the retirement of some, but in fact very many, in the Merikatos higher hierarchy.
    1. Dashout
      Dashout 5 March 2018 09: 55
      +2
      primarily McCain and his friends
      1. vlad66
        vlad66 5 March 2018 22: 09
        +7
        Quote: Dashout
        primarily McCain and his friends

        Damn McCain in the next world they put truancy, and his friends by the ear and into the museum.
  4. cedar
    cedar 5 March 2018 07: 32
    +4
    "... In the light of this, the speech of Vladimir Putin is a wonderful gift from the Pentagon, which will now require an even larger budget increase. And anyone who wonders about the appropriateness of spending money will be declared an" agent of the Kremlin ... "

    And - even without this speech of Putin, the Pentagon’s budget is not fluff, as by leaps and bounds?
    This Putin gift nullifies their missile defense and long-term efforts, and the multibillion-dollar investments in its missile defense system, and most importantly, the hopes of bombing Russia into the Stone Age, and at the same time sit out in bunkers and caches.
    The United States is now far from a holiday. They now have a funeral in their own super, duper PRO.
    Sovereignty. Russia. Putin
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 5 March 2018 08: 33
      +5
      Quote: cedar
      Sovereignty. Russia. Putin

      Michelson, Friedman, Sechin, Deribaska, Abramovich, Potan
      in, Mordashov, Vekselberg ... continue ...?
      1. Varyag_0711
        Varyag_0711 5 March 2018 11: 51
        +6
        Andrei Yurievich Today, 08: 33 ↑
        Michelson, Friedman, Sechin, Deribaska, Abramovich, Potan
        in, Mordashov, Vekselberg ... continue ...?
        Andrei Yuryevich, stop being like a kindergarten. You are an adult, a respected person. And yet I agree with Eugene (cedar) that Russia gained sovereignty under Putin.
        And then, what will change if you change the names of Miller, Sechin and others listed by you to Grudinin, Zyuganov and the like ?! Or do you really believe what Mr. Grudinin broadcasts on his blue eye?
        To the great regret of the USSR, we profiled in 1991, and now we have what we have. So, from the change of surnames, neither you nor I will become better off living, but it may well be worse for yourself.
        1. Semen1972
          Semen1972 5 March 2018 17: 23
          0
          Quote: Varyag_0711
          To the great regret of the USSR, we profiled in 1991,

          What a short memory you have ... And what happened before 1991 no one remembers ... probably communism.
          1. Barmal
            Barmal 5 March 2018 22: 13
            +1
            Empty sales. There were. First in the country. By the end of 80's and Moscow time.
  5. Kazakh
    Kazakh 5 March 2018 07: 33
    0
    Do you speak a gift? I remember the Trojans also presented the horse. They were also happy at first, as if by the consequences they weren’t the same.
  6. BAI
    BAI 5 March 2018 09: 06
    +3
    Well, let them steal as much as possible. This is welcome.
  7. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 5 March 2018 09: 13
    +4
    Give a trillion budget! Just think, there will be a US public debt of MORE than 100% of GDP ... Who dares to present ... The most powerful army in the world wassat
    1. Bort radist
      Bort radist 7 March 2018 19: 43
      +3
      Who will present - they will throw in dollars, it is 57 times stronger than hat-making bully
  8. seos
    seos 5 March 2018 09: 48
    +1
    democracy = corruption
    1. Semen1972
      Semen1972 5 March 2018 17: 21
      0
      Quote: seos
      democracy = corruption

      Dictatorship = justice !!!!
  9. cats
    cats 5 March 2018 10: 42
    +2
    And if taxpayers start asking ..
    And now everything is so unequivocal in power ..
    And the people have weapons ..
    Hmm ... wink
  10. Altona
    Altona 5 March 2018 11: 11
    0
    In general, the United States has well-grossed the GDP, now let them get involved in an expensive arms race and eat up their resources for pieces of iron that are unnecessary in peacetime. Let the army and navy inflate excessively, diverting also part of the budget to feed this army.
    1. MadCat
      MadCat 5 March 2018 13: 05
      +2
      Quote: Altona
      In general, the United States has well-grossed the GDP, now let them get involved in an expensive arms race and eat up their resources for pieces of iron that are unnecessary in peacetime. Let the army and navy inflate excessively, diverting also part of the budget to feed this army.

      here on the basis of what such conclusions? Why is their budget exorbitant?
      For the economy of the Russian Federation, the MO budget is rather "exorbitant" since there is a crisis in the country now, if you have not noticed ... everything in this world is relative.
  11. Altona
    Altona 5 March 2018 11: 14
    +1
    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    Give a trillion budget!

    ---------------------------
    Somewhere, the Pentagon made $ 8 trillion in 20 years, this amount is hanging, but there are no documents confirming these expenses. So you correctly indicated the order of disappearance of funds. Yes, and now the total is almost 750 billion dollars. Where is such a breakthrough of money? Still ineffective. But also special services have a big budget.
  12. cedar
    cedar 5 March 2018 12: 30
    +1
    Quote: Andrew Y.
    Quote: cedar
    Sovereignty. Russia. Putin

    Michelson, Friedman, Sechin, Deribaska, Abramovich, Potan
    in, Mordashov, Vekselberg ... continue ...?


    You do not see the property behind the trees of the forest.
  13. turbris
    turbris 5 March 2018 12: 55
    +1
    "The specificity of the United States also lies in the fact that the supply of weapons and activities of the army, navy and air force, including logistics and maintenance of bases, is carried out by private contractors, who receive the lion's share of the Pentagon’s budget." But it is necessary to pay a lot of attention to this when it is planned to allow private contractors to our defense budget, because these are the structures through which the theft of public funds takes place. We also have such experience, remember at least various tricks of Serdyukov. Everyone is surprised how Russia with such a military budget has outstripped the United States in the latest developments. And you specify how much the last aircraft carrier, or F-22, or F-35, and how much it costs to maintain American military bases abroad - that’s where the money goes, mainly for maintenance and maintenance, and not for scientific development.
    1. Ace Tambourine
      Ace Tambourine 5 March 2018 20: 08
      0
      Who about what ...
      My neighbor bought a Mitsubishi jeep for me, and now my hair is tearing at a certain point from the cost of repairs and consumables.,
      And as I rode 4k, so I will ..
      How many times had, not without it, to insert a stake in the wilderness, but with the help of a well-known mother she always got out of the situation ... and the spare parts are ridiculous for the price ...
      Well, if someone says that foreign cars break down less .. I agree, but only the time for repairs and other expenses will gobble up many times ..
      So it is with military equipment.
      Not only to create it, you need to grow specialists for it plus maintenance and service ...
      1. Galleon
        Galleon 7 March 2018 12: 50
        +2
        Quote: Ace of Diamonds
        And as I rode 4k, I will

        Are you getting rich on saving parts? poor ... One joy - the neighbor costs many times more.
        You still burn him something. Your joy should increase.
        A neighbor on a slippery road will drive safely at a fairly high speed, and you will risk on every meter on the rear wheel drive. He will "make" you as permeability, both in terms of reliability and driving safety. Things are incomparable. It’s like scolding an automatic weapon and speaking in favor of a muzzle-loading rifle - there is no unitary cartridge, you can charge at least with feces. But how many times will it be necessary to charge against the SCS at least?
        And with military equipment as well. Therefore, there is an arms race.
  14. Leonid Dymov
    Leonid Dymov 5 March 2018 22: 13
    0
    The USSR collapsed because the planned economy was defeated by the market economy of the West. However, in the military-industrial complex, the planned economy proved to be effective. The military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation returned to a planned economy, drawing on the experience of the USSR. China’s defense industry is also based on a planned economy. In the US military-industrial complex, private enterprises rule. This is their weakness.
  15. aloleggry
    aloleggry 7 March 2018 13: 47
    0
    Regarding the large US defense budget. At Abrams there are 11400 rounds of ammunition 7.62 on the wiki, 12500 on the Encyclopedia of Tanks, 2500 in Russia. In Germany, France, England, approximately like in Russia. Has anyone tried to shoot 11400 rounds? Even with two trunks? And then clean this machine gun. Here they are money. Too redundant BC. I think so in everything.
  16. akudr48
    akudr48 7 March 2018 19: 41
    +2
    An interesting concern for the financial integrity of American partners. Also with foam at the mouth on television talk shows prove the vices of the adversary.
    It is more like an excuse for the theft of domestic budget saw cutters, since this is happening there, where can we go without native corrupt officials ....