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    It can be done. If there is a Defence budget commensurate with Ireland's wealth and a Defence department commensurate with a sovereign state and not the Rhode Island National Guard.

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    Found on Twitter..

    Short story: A Russian bomber drops a nuclear bomb in Mayo, causing problems..

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    Quote Originally Posted by expat01 View Post
    It can be done. If there is a Defence budget commensurate with Ireland's wealth and a Defence department commensurate with a sovereign state and not the Rhode Island National Guard.
    have you done an actual comparison? I am not sure of the outcome ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graylion View Post
    have you done an actual comparison? I am not sure of the outcome ...
    Well I have now, albeit on my phone!
    Rhode Island 2017 budget included $24.68 million for the National Guard including capital expenditure, direct salaires, retirement and health benefits. But the US National Guard comes under the DoD.
    So I found federal defence spending in each state, which includes federal purchases of equipment manufactured in a state and on federal forces stationed there so not much help. However there was also a breakdown of salary into National Guard and federal. In 2017 43% of that salary figure in RI was for the Guard, totalling $319.49 million
    That sounds like between state and federal, $344.17 million was spent on the Rhode Island National Guard salaries which includes an Air National Guard: the 143rd Airlift Wing operating Hercules C130J, the 102d Information Warfare Squadron who seem to be computer techies and the 282d Combat Communications Squadron who make the telephones work. Equipment seems to fall under a general National Guard budget vote as part of the federal budget.

    California Tanker would know this stuff...
    Last edited by expat01; 11th October 2017 at 14:19.

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