It is possible, and desirable, to apply sound business practices to the military without being unpatriotic, and if done properly, without diminishing the force we need.
For better or for worse, one of the principal reasons for the so-called "jobless recovery" is that private sector businesses managed to institute massive efficiency measures, partly as a result of the crash and partly as a result of technology advances, allowing them to do more with fewer people.
Result: stock market at record highs; job market still flopping around; education quality to meet the requirements for the 21st century worker still in the dumper.
The military can and should learn from this paradigm, and not confuse efficiency with an absence of patriotism. If anything, it's the most patriotic thing that could happen!