9. Postpone the new nuclear bomber
Estimated Cost Savings: $3.7 billion over the next 10 years, $50 billion if cancelled
The Long-Range Penetrating Bomber is the Rolls Royce of bombers—and right now, there is no security imperative driving it, as the current fleet of B-2 and B-52 bombers will last until 2040. If you were in financial straits, would you spend money on a snazzy new car if your old one worked just fine? Didn’t think so.
Image of B-2 Stealth Bomber by the U.S. Air Force