There are a LOT of viable cuts to be made in “defense” without in ANY WAY reducing our real “defense”. We also don’t need to cut it from retirees or troops benefits they were promised when they signed on to risk their lives! There is a lot of ridiculous hardware that excess of “field” and “general” officer corps buys, and they can be culled into retirement. It is enlisted and NCOs who do the job, not excess weight in the Pentagon pulling them down.
Now, when it comes to “contractors”, about a 30-50% cut is WELL in order! Ask not what Lockheed Martin has done “for” you, but ask what they’ve done TO you! (including “enhanced interrogation”.)