Elite Units "More About Morale Than Traditional Combat"
An analyst with the Brookings Institution said the fervor for
budget cuts could put demonstration teams like the Blue Angels and
the Thunderbirds at risk.
The teams' budgets are comparatively small ... about $30 million
for the Blue Angels out of a $530 Billion total defense budget. But
with the defense department facing $350 billion in budget cuts over
the next 10 years, Brookings analyst Michael O'Hanlon said the
teams could be in jeopardy.
O'Hanlon told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that teams like the
Blue Angels are "more about morale than traditional combat." He
said that the cuts will be painful, and that many things that
people think are of value will be axed.
But John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org ... a military
news and information website ... disagrees. Pike said that the Blue
Angles would be disbanded "only after they sell the Washington
The Blue Angels have scheduled 35 shows nationwide this