Military cuts could be harmful to security and to the economy

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The nation's budget is trillions of dollars in debt and that is one issue voters are paying attention to ahead of the presidential election.

There has been much discussion about cutting military spending in an effort to save money, which could affect our nation's security and also the economy in South Mississippi.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the only company who builds U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and is the largest supplier of U.S. Navy surface combatants.

HII President and CEO Mike Petters said, "More than half of the navy's deployable ships today, those called upon during time of war and to protect freedom around the world, have been built by HII."

Representative Steven Palazzo strongly disagrees against cutting military spending.

Palazzo said, "When you step back and look at the budget issues and the fact that we are $16 trillion in debt there are some people that want to make historic cuts to our military at a time when we are having unprecedented violence."

While he understands military expenses do add up, he said it is not something to compromise.

"You have got to remember our sailors and our marines go aboard these ships and go around conflicts and humanitarian missions around the world, these places aren't safe so we need the best possible ship money can buy," Palazzo said.

He pledges to continue to fight against any cuts to the military budget.

"We have to keep the sea lines open because our economy depends on it, as well as, our national security," Palazzo said.

Petters said he hopes other leaders will also recognize the need to continue building state of the art vessels for our nation's military.

"It's a business where we have to think long term, so we don't get too caught up in the things that happen everyday. We will get ready for the next one," Petters said.

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