Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Monday a proposal to reform the defense budget by cutting or scaling back some major weapons programs and strengthening oversight of the acquisitions process. The recommendations made by the Secretary should be applauded, but it is only a small step to curb defense spending. Looking forward the budget for FY 2010 and beyond maintain current levels of funding, without pressuring the Pentagon to make substantial cuts. Instead, it appears the Administration is relying on the Pentagon to trim spending and end waste on its own. If the past is any indicator, this approach won’t work. more »
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