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Tinker Air Force Base's future secure in view of retired lieutenant general

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: March 30, 2014

Under the sequester, Air Force size could fall to levels not seen since prior to World War II. The loss of military readiness will have a harsh real-world impact for those serving in the military. “You are going to have, in my view, higher casualty rates if we go through sequester,” he said.

Although Newton acknowledges that reducing the national debt is important, he questions why national defense should bear half of all cuts, especially given the consequences. “Why put national security at risk?”

As the United States is downsizing its military, China and Russia are doing the opposite. “They’re not reducing defense expenditures,” Newton said. “They’re growing defense expenditures.”

Newton stressed that U.S. military officials still control the skies, but he added, “I believe it’s going to be hard, though.” The Chinese are “getting better and better.” China is not merely a U.S. competitor, but represents “a distinct threat for the future.”

We hope federal lawmakers will rethink policies that foster deterioration of the U.S. military. As Newton says, “It’s a tough world out there.” While the Oklahoma City community may benefit from Tinker’s continued existence, Oklahomans will benefit far more from a military that’s sufficient to deter acts of aggression.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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