13 Total Quotes

Steven Kosiak Quotes

The Army may have a tough time pushing these projected reductions through Congress.
Steven Kosiak
#Army

If you want to have intelligent questions (from the press), you get better question if you give people time to prepare.
Steven Kosiak
#People

At the beginning of the year, there's a lot of talk about spending restraint and reducing the deficit. At the end of the year, that's all kind of forgotten.
Steven Kosiak
#Beginning

It's just not that big a chunk of the budget. You've got to go where the money is. There's a lot of rhetoric about spending restraint, but there's been no serious effort to actually address the deficit. Part of the problem is there's no consensus on how to do it.
Steven Kosiak
#Money

People in the White House said [Lindsey] was way off. It turns out he was. But just not in the direction they thought.
Steven Kosiak
#People

It's just not that big a chunk of the budget. You've got to go where the money is.
Steven Kosiak
#Money

Interesting rhetoric ... but the really big (weapons) modernization were left untouched.
Steven Kosiak
#Rhetoric

It's difficult enough to really react to all the data typically included in defense budget. To not even have access to the basic top line over view before you have the opportunity to question the secretary seems problematic. It doesn't have the out years beyond 2007; usually, in fact in all previous blue tops, it had those numbers.
Steven Kosiak
#Defense

We're long past the point where you can just look at the DoD budget. Now we're dipping so much into war-related funding.
Steven Kosiak
#Past

There is some reason to be surprised that it's this much. The Congressional Budget Office had estimated the defense department would need $85bn and that was with no drawdown in troops.
Steven Kosiak
#Defense

Unfortunately, while substantial progress has been made in some sectors, in many areas Iraq remains far short of achieving the relatively modest goals set out for reconstruction in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003.
Steven Kosiak
#Iraq

If you look at the earlier estimates of anticipated costs, this war is a lot more expensive than it should be based on past conflicts.
Steven Kosiak
#War

This war is turning out to cost far more than anticipated and not simply because we had to stay in Iraq with far more troops and far longer than the Bush administration expected. Compared to past wars and earlier projections of war costs made by the Congressional Budget Office and others, this war is turning out to be very expensive.
Steven Kosiak
#War