As far as being on the chopping block, the fed gov does need downsizing, but with what we have in the Whitehouse I don't see that happening any time soon. I am proud and privileged to work for the American taxpayer supporting the US navy warfighter, there are many areas of fed gov that need cutting but (this may sound a little selfish) not where I work. What we do where I work is directly related to the freedom of this country, at least whatever the Whitehouse will allow.
We need to have some people do the things in the Fedgov that need doing. The danger is that everyone thinks that their little area is the most important (and from what you alluded to, yours is).
But at some point the costs get to great. We are starting to field mercenaries. That is not a good sign for the fiscal health of the state.