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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Pentagon Cost-Saving Drive Comes Under Fire

From The Wall Street Journal:

Lawmakers worried about potential job losses in their districts have rallied against the closure of a military command in Virginia, presenting Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with a big test of his sweeping effort to hold down military spending.

Earlier this month, Mr. Gates announced he would cut payments to outside contractors by 10% a year for the next three years, saying the Pentagon bureaucracy had "grown over-reliant on contractors and grown accustomed to operating with little consideration to cost."

Mr. Gates also outlined plans to eliminate a major military command, the Norfolk, Va., Joint Forces Command, an organization created in 1999 to encourage co-operation and training among the various services.

The proposals represent a bet by the Defense Secretary that by holding down costs he can free up funds for troops overseas and stave off potentially deeper cuts by Congress, which is increasingly focused on federal spending and the deficit. The moves announced earlier this month are part of a broader effort to realize $100 billion in cost savings over the next five years.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secretary Gates is the best Defesne Secretary in my adult life which spans almost 47 years, 38 of whihc have been spent within the Defesne Department itself and 6 working adjacent to it. Congressmen and senators need to stop being NIMBYs and start thinking about what is good for the country...not holding onto their jobs or helping one of the special interest groups or companies that support them. what a welcome change it would be to have 535 elected representatives who were as concerned about the country as Secretary Gates is...a man for whom the word patriot is synonymous.

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