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Are -- -- putting your money where your mouth -- the US has sent to B two stealth bombers on a training mission.
Over South Korea it is sending a very clear message to Kim Jong on of North Korea mess with South Korea.
And you are messing with -- tensions are soaring by the day and a Korean Peninsula but -- severe defense cutbacks for the US -- missions like this one.
And our ability to intimidate our enemies Chris -- -- senior.
Finalists for the institute for the study of -- and he joins me Chris welcome back to the show.
I mean he's at it first calls that a fair characterization -- say that's why we did that today.
-- -- shoots up would you be -- you this -- yes it is a fair characterization to say.
That much of what we do in terms of our military posture deployment exercises and operations.
Is meant to send the signal -- message to our enemies there all kinds of things we can do short of combat that lets her enemies know exactly where we are.
And we should make no mistake about it North Korea is our enemy.
Nobody understands why they do what they do but we can look at their behavior we can assess its impact we can say for sure.
That is destabilizing to the entire Pacific rim.
-- part of our response to that is to position bombers on training flights over the south Korean Peninsula -- the north Koreans are surely will shirts -- them.
So you know this is a show about money and how much money is being spent -- we want to look at this through that lands and you know the military price is everything an -- By our calculations this mission that you know and went straight out -- Missouri to the Korean Peninsula and came back nonstop -- about five point 28 million dollars wasn't -- that.
Yeah absolutely -- does the fact of the matter is keeping a lid on North Korea or keeping them contained in constrained in their ability to create Havoc.
Is a lot cheaper in the short run for us to spend that money now -- to spend money cleaning up any mess that they may.
The fact of matter is north -- is now a nuclear power they've got to validated nuclear weapons capability.
They've got -- validated nuclear weapons delivery system with all -- missile launches.
It's absolutely good investment keep North Korea contained by flying bomber flights over South Korea to let them know that were aware of what they're doing.
You see is a good investment but is it one that we -- likely to continue to make given everything that's going on with military spending and the sequestration cuts now locked in fact I mean is this one of the things that would get cut.
Or is this something that stays at the front line.
Yet this is probably one of the things it's gonna get cut overtime could really make a lot more sense yet.
It would make a lot more sense for the air force to station barbers in -- that's closer to North Korea.
It's a shorter flight it's easier on the cruise we get them into combat -- but the fact of the matter is it cost more money.
To forward deploy forces into Guam that it doesn't keep them here -- stateside.
With the sequestration the military just does not have a lot of flexibility.
-- what part of the budget it can cut so what we're cutting is what's called operations and maintenance and military readiness is going to suffer as a result.
Peter you talk about operations and and maintenance the maintenance on this plane in particular on this B two.
Is sixty million dollars when it goes in for like a -- -- oil change every seven years.
The cost to build one is two point one billion dollars.
We all have enjoyed looking at pictures of it during the day -- mean I've seen people stand and stare at the television it's such an incredible aircraft.
Is it -- is it worth -- and is it something that were likely to continue to invest.
What's a great question the fact matters I'm not reflexively pro defense spending I like spending money on things that make sense.
Manned bombers they have a stealth capability make a lot of sense that they re programmable -- descend to pilots out -- -- You can cancel the mission halfway through you can change the mission.
There's just things that -- manned bomber can do the cruise missiles just can't do and the fact of the matter is the United States is the only country on earth.
-- has a man and still Barbara capability this is one of the things that I think we really need to hang on to we need to prioritize is one of our best weapons systems.
Think in Washington and at the Pentagon when they're making decisions about doing something like this.
Are they considering the money in the cost and do you think they -- it.
They absolutely consider the money the -- the absolutely should every day the Pentagon is trying to figure out how to do the best mission with the least amount of money.
The -- the -- is pentagon is getting squeezed hard by sequestration are not saying that that is not reasonable the fact that matters the entire federal government spends too much money.
The Pentagon's got to figure out how to tighten its -- along with everybody else.
And every day the Pentagon is looking at how best to publish these missions.
At the most effective price points.
Chris -- -- so logical we love having on thank you.
Thank you so much for having me next stop.