Skip to comments.US Defence Secretary Gates proposes defence cuts
Posted on 08/09/2010 7:51:39 PM PDT by JoeProBono
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has recommended axeing one of the ten major US military commands in a major reallocation of defence spending. Mr Gates said the Joint Forces Command would close, the use of outside contractors would be cut and the number of generals and admirals reduced. He has said that he wants to find savings of about $100bn (£63bn) in the military budget in the next five years.
Mr Gates said he wanted to free up spending for frontline requirements. In a Pentagon news conference, he said the military had grown unwieldy and costly following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. "I'm not satisfied with the progress made to reduce our over-reliance on contractors," Mr Gates said. The Joint Forces Command, based in Virginia, employs 5,000 people and trains troops from the different services to work together. Calling the US military "top-heavy",
Mr Gates, who was appointed by George W Bush in 2006, said he would recommend eliminating at least 50 positions for generals and admirals.....
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The true story here is Obama is FORCING Defense cuts while we fight two wars.
Treason is afoot I Proclaim without reservation!
There is a growing trend, I hear, of soldiers not reenlisting. Jimmuh Cahtuh redux.
If they were serious we’d see reductions of 25% across the board in the ranks of the civil service in all agencies.
In tough times, the first thing a new private sector CEO does is cut the workforce by 10% to 15%. Productivity actually improves in most instances due to the elimination of dead wood.
Over the past 30 years, most private companies have gone through waves of downsizings resulting in fewer people doing significantly more work. At the same time, government employment has grown in good times and bad. Given private sector experience, a 25% reduction in the exploding bureaucracy should be easy to execute with no reduction in services.
Better cut defense spending. Thousands of military personnel and contractors out of work is definitely the way to create jobs... oh I mean they ran out of money to pay welfare queens.
You could be correct. I just question the timing.
*Paging Charlie Wilson*