Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s U.S. military buildup plan would cost hundreds of billions of dollars - but with no apparent strategy, defense experts from across the political spectrum said on Thursday. “I haven’t seen any kind of strategy,” said William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. “He (Trump) says nobody is going to challenge us because we will be so strong. But that’s not a strategy. It’s just a kind of wish-fulfillment.” Asked to comment on the criticism, a Trump campaign adviser merely repeated Trump's plan. Trump's proposal, unveiled in a speech on Wednesday, did not spell out how he would accommodate the additional manpower and hardware as the United States shutters military bases, or where and for what purposes the larger forces would be employed. There were no cost estimates and Trump proposed revenue-raising steps that budget experts called … [Read more...] about Trump would spend billions more on military, but for what? Experts ask
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Australian plans to spend US$72 billion strengthening its military power in the next 20 years, according to a defence white paper released on May 2. In the white paper, the first of its kind, the government said that the funding will enable Australia to defend its interests in a changing Asia-Pacific region. The paper said that the US would remain Australia’s indispensable ally, but the emergence of new powers such as China, India and Russia, could lead to some strategic competition across the globe. Australia plans to purchase 100 F-35 jets, 12 new submarines to replace the current fleet of six, 8 frigates and 24 combat helicopters. … [Read more...] about Australia to spend US$72 bln on military build-up
The Pentagon has reportedly proposed a $450 billion increase in the military budget in a move believed to be in preparation for a war. The new military budget estimate for the next five years is expected to be revealed shortly before President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009. The fiscal 2010 portion of the estimate includes a $57 billion increase, $30 billion of which would be allocated to a vaguely defined contingency fund and $14 billion would be used for replacing or repairing existing military equipment or 'reset and modernization'. The new budget numbers raise speculation about the likelihood of a new US military engagement as it highlights Defense Department fears that the already record-high military budgets would be grossly insufficient in the years ahead. Since taking office, the Bush administration has increased baseline military spending by 30 percent, which puts the annual military spending, at its highest level since World War II. While 'reset and … [Read more...] about US seeks more military budget for war?
SHANGHAI - China has carried out its first successful landing of a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, state media said on Sunday, a symbolically significant development as Asian neighbors fret about the world's most populous country's military ambitions. A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet takes off from the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, in this undated handout photo released November 25, 2012. China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, after its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, 2012, according to Xinhua News Agency. Photo: Reuters … [Read more...] about China lands fighter jet on new carrier in show of force
China on Tuesday dismissed US criticism of its military build-up, saying the world's most populous country was an important force for world peace. US Vice President Dick Cheney raised concerns about China's military build-up last week and said an anti-satellite test was not consistent with Beijing's stated goal of a "peaceful rise". On January 11, China used a ground-based ballistic missile to knock out an aging weather satellite 865 km (540 miles) above Earth, sparking alarm in Washington, Tokyo and other capitals. … [Read more...] about China rejects US criticism of military build-up