For years and in the midst of an economic downturn, military and aerospace (mil/aero) analysts have predicted that governments and military leaders will eventually opt to reduce the number of military personnel or “boots on the ground,” as they often described, in favor of advanced high-tech platforms, systems, and solutions. That time may now be at hand.
The mil/aero community, especially is the U.S., is buzzing with and entrenched in conversation over the news delivered by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on 24 February 2014. Secretary Hagel provided a much-anticipated glimpse into the Pentagon’s Defense Budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
In his talk earlier this week, Defense Secretary Hagel summarized the recommendations he submitted to President Obama for the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget and beyond. “These recommendations will adapt and reshape our defense enterprise so that we can continue protecting this nation’s security in an era of unprecedented uncertainty and change,” he said.
The FY 2015 budget will be the budget to reflect the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) transition from 13 years of war – the longest conflict in our nation’s history – to focus on the “strategic challenges and opportunities that will define our future: new technologies, new centers of power, and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable,” Defense Sec. Hagel explained.
The near and foreseeable future will bring increased investment in technologies with which to modernize the military, and a reduction in personnel. The former has this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek encouraged, while the latter has defense proponents and military families outraged and concerned (and virtually everything in between).