Def. Sec. Robert Gates: Radical Overhaul of the Pentagon’s Arsenal

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Pentagon Chief: Why I Tore Up the Army’s ‘Future’

Of all the hard choices Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to make in his radical overhaul of the Pentagon’s arsenal, the toughest, he tells Danger Room, was the decision to gut Future Combat Systems, the Army’s $200 billion effort to design a fleet of next-generation tanks and troop carriers.

“Most difficult of all of these for me was the FCS program,” Gates says in a Pentagon conference call. “I actually didn’t make up my mind once and for all on it until this weekend.”

This link brings up Windows Media Player for conference call.

At the end of this phone conference, which last about thirty five minutes, the Defense Secretary talks about the Military and Veterans, as well as their families, care monies that have been off budget, or not even thought of or included, and in the supplementals these years of these two occupations, which now will be included in the Defense Budget, nothing hidden, we hope!


And the mindset should Always Be: “War as a very last resort!!”! No Wars Of Choice Which Damages Our Nations Security And Moral Standing!!


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    • ANKOSS on April 10, 2009 at 17:13

    Most of the big programs have huge termination costs built into the contracts. These provisions are the equivalent of the golden parachutes fired executives enjoy. Lost in all the PR about Gates agonizing over cuts is the fact that the defense budget continues to INCREASE. Let that sink in for a minute or two.

    The defense contractors own the DoD through their political donations and their revolving door employment programs. It will be the decline of the US economy, accelerated by our love of weapons and war, that finally cuts the defense budget. Gates’ posturing is just bull$it.

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