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  • U.S. Deploys Defenses for Possible N.Korean Missile Launch

    07/07/2010 5:05:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/7/2010 | VOA News
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii. Meanwhile, America's top military officer says the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons banned by a new United Nations Security Council resolution. Secretary Gates says the United States is watching North Korea's missile launch preparations "very closely" and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide...
  • Petraeus Gives Shout-Out to B-1B Lancer Fleet

    06/30/2010 10:14:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/30/2010 | Greg Grant
    Last week, we wrote that the Air Force Council, the blue suiters board of directors that advises the air chief, was considering deep cuts to force structure to meet aggressive savings targets laid out by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. One option they are reportedly considering is early retirement of all 66 B-1B Lancer bombers, last delivered in the late 1980s. Yesterday, the Lancer fleet got a hearty shout-out from new installed Afghan commander Gen. David Petraeus. “It is a great platform,” he told senators at his confirmation hearing. “It carries a heck of a lot of bombs… and it has...
  • Robert Gates: David Petraeus can make changes

    06/24/2010 1:09:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | June 24, 2010 | Gordon Lubold
    Gen. David Petraeus will be given the “flexibility” to submit recommendations on the Afghanistan strategy once he arrives there, but he is on board with the overall approach, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today. “The president has established the strategy, but from my perspective, General Petraeus will have the flexibility to look at the campaign plan and the approach and – and all manner of things when he gets to Afghanistan, assuming Senate confirmation,” Gates said at the Pentagon Thursday. Any new commander can make changes as he sees fit, he said. “And so my expectation is, certainly, that...
  • B-1B Lancer Fleet To the Boneyard?

    06/24/2010 11:51:30 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/24/2010 | Greg Grant
    Back to the Title 10 side of the house for a moment; the Air Force Council meets today to consider further cuts in aircraft to meet aggressive savings targets laid out by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. One option on the table: early retirement of all 66 B-1B Lancer bombers (the last delivery of which came back in 1988). Force structure cuts might also extend to the air arm’s much cherished but currently under-utilized fighter force. The service already plans to early retire 250 fighters this year, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said last month; gone are 112 F-15s, 134 F-162,...
  • Gates rules out idea of 'containing' nuclear-armed Iran

    06/20/2010 9:50:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/21/2010 | AFP via Google News
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday refused to address the notion of having to contain a nuclear armed Iran, saying US efforts were aimed at preventing it from acquiring atomic weapons. "I don't think we're prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think... our view still is we do not accept the idea of Iran having nuclear weapons," he said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. "And our policies and our efforts are all aimed at preventing that from happening," he said. Asked whether a military strike against Iran was preferable to it acquiring nuclear...
  • Gates defends arms sales to Taiwan

    06/18/2010 11:01:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 240+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/16/2010 | AFP via Google News
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended US arms sales to Taipei on Wednesday, citing China's "extraordinary" deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles opposite Taiwan. Both Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged concern over China's suspension of military contacts with the United States because of the arms sales. But the secretary said the US arms sales were in keeping with the Taiwan Relations Act, and suggested the improvement in relations between Beijing and Taipei had not diminished the need for them. "We certainly applaud the growing links between Taiwan and the Peoples Republic,"...
  • Robert Gates: John Wayne – one of my favorite philosophers

    06/13/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 378+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    T’is the season when bunches of young people here and there sit in fancy graduation robes and hats and listen to the advice some important person is giving them in a commencement address... he Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke at the Kaiserslautern High School in Germany, a school composed mostly of children of US service members and Foreign Service officers. It is a fascinating speech and I recommend to President Obama to spare a minute to read it. The overwhelming theme of the Obama reign has been the ‘Open Gov: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration’. There is a reason why this...
  • 'Sub Attack Came Near Drill'

    06/06/2010 1:01:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,411+ views
    Military.com ^ | 6/5/2010 | Associated Press via Military.com
    The night a torpedo-armed North Korean submarine allegedly sank a South Korean patrol ship, the U.S. and South Korea were engaged in joint anti-submarine warfare exercises just 75 miles away, military officials told The Associated Press. The blast that sank the Cheonan, the worst South Korean military disaster since the 1950-53 Korean War, showed how impoverished nations such as North Korea can still inflict heavy casualties on far better equipped and trained forces, even those backed by the might of the U.S. military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that plans for more joint U.S.-South Korea anti-submarine exercises, announced after...
  • China ahead of schedule on fifth-generation answer to discontinued F-22

    05/28/2010 2:40:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies · 1,234+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/26/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    A senior U.S. military intelligence official confirmed that China will be capable of deploying an advanced fifth generation fighter comparable to the U.S. F-22 within eight years, years ahead of previous Pentagon assessments. “We're anticipating China to have a fifth-generation fighter ... operational right around 2018," said Wayne Ulman of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. He made the comments before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on May 20. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in defending his decision to end production of the F-22, stated last year that China "is projected to have no fifth-generation aircraft by...
  • Gates gives nod to Don't Ask repeal deal

    05/25/2010 10:47:42 AM PDT · by pissant · 25 replies · 552+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/25/10 | Laura Rosen
    After a conspicuous silence overnight in the wake of the Senate Armed Services Committee reaching a compromise on repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates weighs in today with a somewhat muted endorsement: he can live with it. "Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law," Gates' spokesman Geoff Morrell emailed journalists this morning.
  • U.S. Supports South Korea's Findings In Sinking Of Ship

    05/20/2010 11:28:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 306+ views
    Digtriad.com ^ | 5/20/2010 | Kelly Heffernan-Tabor
    The Pentagon isn't calling the recent sinking of a South Korean ship by North Korea an outright act of war, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said they are in close contact with their South Korean counterparts. Gates said the United States supports South Korea's determination that the March sinking of a military ship was in fact caused by North Korea. "We certainly support the findings of the Korean, the South Korean investigation. We obviously are in close consultation with the Koreans. The attack was against one of their ships and naturally they would have the lead in determining the path...
  • House panel approves military pay raise

    05/16/2010 12:28:39 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 553+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/14/2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    Lawmakers disregarded Defense Secretary Robert Gates's calls for fiscal restraint on Wednesday, approving a military pay raise higher than President Obama and the Pentagon requested. The House Armed Services personnel subcommittee approved a 1.9 percent pay bump for uniformed military personnel, half of a percentage point higher than Obama's fiscal 2011 budget. The markup also increased hostile fire pay and family separation allowances. "This raise will further reduce the gap between military and private-sector pay raises," said subcommittee chairman Susan Davis (D-Calif.). But the raise is in direct disagreement with the wishes of Gates, who plans to push for at...
  • France wants to strip down NATO command

    05/11/2010 2:38:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 390+ views
    expatica.com ^ | 5/11/2010 | expatica.com
    One year after rejoining NATO military command, France wants to see the alliance's headquarters cut down in size, officials in Defence Minister Herve Morin's office told AFP on Tuesday. French officers feel the Atlantic alliance's 12,500-strong command staff is too large and its structures too unwieldy for 21st century combat. Paris officials have contacted NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates urging that plans be drawn up to abolish redundant and overlapping command structures, they said. "This rationalisation could allow us to cut down manpower and command structures by a third and at the same...
  • Tougher Budget, So Batten Hatches

    05/08/2010 11:26:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 581+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 5/7/2010 | Colin Clark
    Tomorrow’s speech by Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Eisenhower Library will mark another milestone in his continuing effort to remake the U.S. military, this time with a renewed emphasis on how tight money is and how Congress must stop ruining the Pentagon’s best laid plans by inserting unwanted funding. One of the biggest burdens Congress places on the Pentagon budget is the pay raise they insist on giving troops every year, along with benefits increases. He’ll also press the four services and the rest of the Pentagon to tighten up their own management. When Gates told the Navy that...
  • Gates To Navy: Anchors Away

    05/07/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies · 2,553+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Advantage: Our defense secretary proposes doing what no other foreign adversary has done: sink the U.S. Navy. We don't need those billion-dollar destroyers, he says. Meanwhile, the Chinese navy rushes to fill the vacuum. Once Britannia ruled the waves, later to be replaced by America and its Navy. From the Battle of Midway to President Reagan's 600-ship fleet that helped win the Cold War, naval supremacy has been critical to the protection and survival of our nation. Which is why we find the recent remarks of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Navy League at the Sea-Air-Space expo so...
  • Navy to Gates: Yes, we need 11 aircraft carriers

    05/07/2010 4:40:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 50 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2010 | Jim Wolf
    The U.S. Navy told Congress it wants to keep 11 aircraft carriers through 2045, just days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called into question the need for that many."The Navy remains firmly committed to maintaining a force of 11 carriers for the next three decades," Sean Stackley, the service's warship buyer, told the Senate Armed Services Seapower subcommittee on Thursday. The 11-carrier force structure is based on "world-wide presence requirements, surge availability, training and exercise, and maintenance" needs, he said in an opening statement. Gates stirred the waters on Monday with a speech in which he asked whether the United...
  • US Air Force tells suppliers to tighten belts

    05/06/2010 8:30:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 348+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2010 | Jim Wolf
    The U.S. Air Force's top civilian warned his aerospace suppliers to expect an increased Pentagon focus on affordability amid mounting international competition. Nearly all components of the service's budget, including personnel costs, are growing faster than the overall Air Force budget, Secretary Michael Donley told a kickoff meeting of a Senate caucus aimed at promoting a strong, secure and competitive U.S. aerospace industry. "Global competition alone would make it imperative for our friends in the defense industry to reduce costs if they want to continue to be competitive in an increasingly sophisticated and capable international market for defense goods and...
  • Gates Fires At Carriers, Subs, EFV

    05/06/2010 5:46:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 62 replies · 1,254+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 5/6/10 | Clark
    In his first speech to the Navy League, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out a grim portrait of a smaller fleet, one with fewer aircraft carriers, few or no new submarines and a sharply curtailed expeditionary capability for the Marines. Gates told a somber audience today that he did “not foresee any significant top-line increases in the shipbuilding budget beyond current assumptions. At the end of the day, we have to ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines, and $11 billion carriers.” On top of that, as...
  • Gates suggests big changes coming for Navy

    05/03/2010 4:36:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 80 replies · 1,618+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 5/3/2010 | AFP via Google News
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday called into question the Navy's heavy and expensive arsenal of ships and subs. In a speech before naval officers and contractors, Gates did not say he was planning to cut any programs or its budget. But he did say the military must rethink whether it can afford such a massive naval fleet at a time when the Army and Marine Corps need more money to take care of troops and their families. "Do we really need 11 carrier strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one?" Gates asked....
  • US naval power threatened by new weapons: Gates

    05/03/2010 4:13:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 584+ views
    AFP via Yahoo Canada ^ | 5/3/2010 | AFP via Yahoo Canada
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday said new weapons threatened US dominance of the high seas and questioned the US Navy's reliance on costly aircraft carriers and submarines. ADVERTISEMENT Anti-ship missiles and stealthy submarines could undermine the US military's global reach, putting carriers and American subs at risk, Gates said in a speech to retired members of the US Navy. "We know other nations are working on asymmetric ways to thwart the reach and striking power of the US battle fleet," Gates said. He cited the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, which had used anti-ship missiles against Israel in 2006, and...
  • The Gates Memo-one of the most significant developments in the Obama presidency

    04/25/2010 10:43:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1,428+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Apr 21 2010
    It was one of the most significant developments in the Obama presidency. We refer to the leak last week of an explosive top secret memo sent in January by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to President Obama's national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, deploring the lack of planning concerning Iranian nuclear aspirations should the administration's much ballyhooed outreach approach fail. In itself, the memo's conclusion is nothing less than stunning - a senior official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, characterized the document as "a wake-up call." Yet the very fact that this highly classified analysis was leaked...
  • So Now We Know: No Plan B For Iran

    04/19/2010 6:20:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies · 546+ views
    Investors.conm ^ | April 19, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Iran: A leaked memo from the defense secretary reveals the administration has no alternatives to stop Iran's nuclear push if "soft power" fails. This should be a wake-up call, but we continue snoozing toward Armageddon. President Obama campaigned on the notion that not talking to tyrants was not an option or a workable policy. He said he'd be willing to talk with anybody anywhere to bring peace and relieve tensions. Unlike President Theodore Roosevelt, however, he has been talking softly but forgetting about the big stick. A memo written by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and unearthed by the New York...
  • Gates warns White House over 'Iran nukes' policy: report

    04/17/2010 10:13:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 512+ views
    IC Publication ^ | 4/18/2010 | IC Publication
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned the White House it does not have an effective policy for dealing with Iran's alleged nuclear weapons push, The New York Times reported late Saturday. Citing unnamed government officials, the newspaper said one senior official described the secret memorandum, which was written in January, as "a wake-up call." According to the report, the document sparked efforts in the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for President Barack Obama. They included secret military operation against Iran if international sanctions failed to force the country to change its approach,...
  • Why Brazil signed a military agreement with the US

    04/16/2010 10:00:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 369+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/13/2010 | Sara Miller Llana and Andrew Downie
    The US and Brazil signed a military agreement Monday that both nations touted as an example of partnership and transparency in the Americas. The defense pact, the first between the two nations since 1977, opens the door to more interchange on research and development, logistics support, education and training, and the acquisition of defense products and services. It comes as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates sets off on a tour of Latin America, including visits to Colombia, Peru, and the Caribbean – seen as part of a broader effort to strengthen ties with allies, as well as shore up support...
  • Defense Secretary Gates Says Obama Administration "Trying to Keep Iran" from Nuclear Weapons - Video

    04/11/2010 12:22:07 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 12 replies · 242+ views
    MSNBC via Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Defense Secretary Robert Gates on "Meet the Press" today where he said the Obama Administration has not given up on preventing Iran from obtaining Nuclear Weapons. Moderator David Gregory asked Gates if they were coming to an acceptance of the possibility they would get Nuclear Weapons. But Gates certainly stopped short of an emphatic declaration that the United States will not allow Iran to obtain Nuclear Weapons. It appears the Obama Administration has shifted in the direction of appeasement and acceptance of a Nuclear Iran.
  • In Event of WMD Attack, "All Bets Are Off" (Palin Victory, Obama Changes Stance on Nuke Warfare)

    04/11/2010 8:55:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 196 replies · 8,360+ views
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, April 11, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    The Obama administration's nuclear posture review may have removed some of the intentional ambiguity from U.S. nuclear policy, but it does not leave the country any less safe, President Obama's top national security advisers said on CBS' "Face the Nation." In fact, they said, it gives a clear warning to other state actors that the U.S. will not ignore any growing threats. "This is putting everybody on notice," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer in an interview conducted Friday at the Pentagon. "We don't want more countries to go down the path that...
  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture Review

    04/07/2010 12:28:32 AM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 554+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 6, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-barack-obama-release-nuclear-posture-review Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 06, 2010 Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture Review One year ago yesterday in Prague, I outlined a comprehensive agenda to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to pursue the peace and security of a world without them. I look forward to advancing this agenda in Prague this week when I sign the new START Treaty with President Medvedev, committing the United States and Russia to...
  • 'All options on table' with Iran, N.Korea

    04/06/2010 7:59:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 308+ views
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 4/5/2010 | AFP Via Yahoo News
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that "all options" remained on the table to deal with Iran and North Korea despite a new US policy restricting use of nuclear weapons. "If there is a message for Iran and North Korea here, it is that if you're going to play by the rules, if you're going to join the international community, then we will undertake certain obligations to you," Gates said. "But if you're not going to play by the rules, if you're going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we...
  • Despite Legal Hurdle, U.S. Looks to Export Drone Technology to Allies

    04/04/2010 2:20:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 478+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 4/01/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    Despite a legal pact designed to slow the proliferation of unmanned systems, the Pentagon hopes to export U.S. drone technology to allies, Reuters reported. Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified before a Senate hearing that it was in the United States’ interest to share drone technology with allies despite the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a pact signed by at least 34 countries. "There are other countries that are very interested in this capability and frankly it is, in my view, in our interest to see what we can do to accommodate them," Gates said. The U.S. military's demand for unmanned...
  • New F-35 program head named as Vice Admiral David Venlet(AKA The Sukhoi Killer)

    03/16/2010 8:34:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 53 replies · 1,022+ views
    Fighter Country.com ^ | 3/17/2010 | Fighter Country.com
    The Pentagon will name Vice Admiral David Venlet, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, to run its F-35 fighter plane program, an influential defense analyst with knowledge of the plan, said on Tuesday. Venlet will get the job after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he would restructure the program because of its poor record, Lexington Institute analyst Loren Thompson said. Thompson, who works for many of the largest defense companies and has close ties with defense officials, said he heard about the appointment from his sources within the U.S. government. “Venlet certainly has all the experience and expertise...
  • Gates, in Riyadh, seeks Saudi help on Iran sanctions

    03/11/2010 10:44:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2010 | Phil Stewart
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for support lobbying for U.N. sanctions against Iran on Wednesday and discussed ways to boost the kingdom's air and missile defenses.The United States is leading a push for the U.N. Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, and aides to Gates made no secret of their hopes that Saudi Arabia could press regional allies for help. "We are certainly hopeful that the Saudis will use whatever influence they have, which is considerable, in this region and throughout the world to try to help...
  • US will drive tough bargain on tanker deal: Gates

    03/11/2010 9:45:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 371+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 3/11/2010 | AFP via Google
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday the Pentagon will drive a hard bargain with Boeing on a contract for a new aerial refuelling tanker after Airbus parent EADS dropped out of the competition. "I wish that we had had a competition. I wish both companies had stayed in it," Gates said. But he said that "we will certainly be sharpening our pencil when it comes to negotiating a contract with Boeing", the sole bidder for the troubled tanker aircraft project. He said he saw no reason why the decision by EADS and partner Northrop Grumman to bow out...
  • Gates: Some troops could leave Afghanistan early

    03/10/2010 8:59:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 176+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 3/10/2010 | AFP via Google
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility Wednesday that some of the U.S. forces involved in the Afghanistan surge could leave the country before President Barack Obama's announced July 2011 date to begin withdrawal. Without giving specifics, Gates said, "It would have to be conditions-based." Gates made the remarks during a visit to a dust-blown training ground in Kabul province where Afghan soldiers come for weeks of training under U.S. and British instruction. British Brigadier Simon Levy told Gates that if NATO countries contribute more trainers, the project to expand the Afghan army will keep pace. In a press...
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • Defense secretary asks entire department to reinforce trust

    03/04/2010 6:49:00 PM PST · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 713+ views
    Armed Forces Press Service ^ | 3-4-10 | Donna Miles
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called on every member of the Defense Department to play a personal role in creating a secure environment that will help to prevent more tragedies like the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood, Texas. Secretary Gates issued a memo March 2 after reflecting on results of the independent review he directed following the incident to ensure the safety and health of servicemembers, civilian defense employees and their families. "I ask all commanders, supervisors, noncommissioned leaders and other personnel in the department to reinforce the fabric of trust with...
  • Nuclear Posture Review delayed until mid to late March

    03/02/2010 12:10:00 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 210+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/25/2010 | Josh Rogin
    The release of the Obama administration's review of its nuclear strategy will be delayed even further as the government stakeholders continue to debate what options to ultimately present to President Obama, the Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed. The Cable previously reported that the administration had notified Congress the Feb. 1 release date of the Nuclear Posture Review would be pushed back to March 1, which is next Monday. But multiple sources both in and out of government now say that mid to late March is the new thinking, following the latest principals' meeting and a still-unresolved debate over how...
  • 'Data deluge day' for F-35

    03/02/2010 12:04:01 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 392+ views
    The DEW Line ^ | 3/2/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    You probably thought when Secretary of Defense Bob Gates killed the Lockheed Martin F-22 last year, it was a good thing for the F-35. I'm not so sure anymore. I think Gates simply shifted everyone's target. As the MOST EXPENSIVE WEAPONS PROGRAM IN HISTORY, Lockheed's F-35 program, with its nearly $11 BILLION ANNUAL PRICE TAG (and that's only the US-funded portion), faces F-22-like scrutiny, but now with an unprecedented level of public disclosure. I spent most of my day reading the 25 reports posted by the Defense Contracts Management Agency (DCMA), an unexpectedly public archive that tramples all over the...
  • U.S. raps Europe for underfunding defense

    02/24/2010 12:27:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 357+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/23/2010 | Reuters
    Europe has demilitarized too much since the end of the Cold War and its underfunded defense budgets are undermining shared security goals, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday. Gates, addressing a NATO seminar in Washington, said too few helicopters and cargo aircraft for the NATO mission in Afghanistan were "directly impacting operations." NATO also needed more aerial refueling tankers and surveillance aircraft. "Despite the need to spend more on vital equipment for ongoing missions, the alliance has been unwilling to fundamentally change how it sets priorities and allocates resources," Gates said. "We need to provide our troops in...
  • US Navy lifts ban on women in submarines: officials

    02/23/2010 4:37:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 85 replies · 1,416+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFP
    The US navy has decided to allow women to serve on submarines, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, ending one of the last all-male bastions in the American military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved the recommendation and sent letters to Congress on Monday informing lawmakers of the plan, officials said. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, had briefed Gates on the change and "he's endorsed it and sent it on to Congress," press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. Lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the move before it goes into effect, officials said. American...
  • Gates Calls Europe Anti-War Mood Danger to Peace

    02/23/2010 3:15:53 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 372+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2010 | Brian Knowlton
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has long called European contributions to NATO inadequate, said Tuesday that public and political opposition to the military had grown so great in Europe that it was directly affecting operations in Afghanistan and impeding the alliance’s broader security goals. “The demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st,” he told NATO officers and...
  • Iraq war to be rebranded 'Operation New Dawn'

    02/19/2010 12:29:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 535+ views
    NST Online ^ | 2/18/2010 | AFP
    President Barack Obama’s administration plans to rebrand its military operation in Iraq “Operation New Dawn,” beginning September 1, a Pentagon memorandum shows. The memo, signed by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, shows the Pentagon approving a request to switch the name of the US military effort in Iraq from its current designation — “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” “The request... is approved to take effect 1 September 2010, coinciding with the change of mission for US forces in Iraq. “Aligning the name change with the change of mission sends a strong signal that Operation Iraqi Freedom has ended and our forces are...
  • Case Study on Bipartisanship: Robert Gates. Part 2

    02/15/2010 2:04:56 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 15th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    What is it that makes it possible for Robert Gates to work efficiently with so many administrations that are so different politically? He worked for Carter and Reagan, for W and Obama. My first guess is: Gates understands that it is a dangerous world out there and the national security should stay above the personal bickering and political ideology. Robert Gates seems to have the ability to recognize that the official narrative of any administration is not the most important thing – it is just a side effect of the bureaucracy that needs to be dealt with. All that crap...
  • Case Study on Bipartisanship: Robert Gates. Part 1

    02/15/2010 2:02:05 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 134+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 15th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The war in Afghanistan is in its most important stage. American troops and NATO allies with Afghanistan forces tagging along are trying to smoke the Taliban out of their last strongholds. The surge is on in Afghanistan. Overseeing the operation is one of the most fascinating politicians in the history of the USA. I am not talking about Barack Obama. The person who gives us hope that the surge in Afghanistan will succeed is the Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Bipartisanship is a hype word in Washington DC nowadays but very few people really served this great country in a nonpartisan...
  • U.S. Defense Department Unveils 30-year Aviation Plan

    02/15/2010 1:07:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 385+ views
    Wharton Aviation ^ | 2/10/2010 | Wharton Aviation
    The 30-year aviation plan that the Pentagon presented to Congress hints at expectations for commissioning a new long-range bomber fleet for the Air Force and Navy. This is also the first time that the Pentagon submitted a joint plan for the Air Force and Navy, according to the Air Force Times. According to the plan, there are no bomber purchases planned over a 10-year period. Instead the Defense Department will spend “considerable sums on modernizing legacy air mobility and long-range strike platforms. The picture will change in the 2020s, when priority will likely shift to buying long-range strike and strategic...
  • U.S. Defense Secretary: Afghan Strategy Bears Fruit, Iraq on Track

    02/10/2010 1:27:17 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 211+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/20/2010 | Donna Miles
    Noting signs that the new strategy in Afghanistan “is beginning to bear fruit,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also said during an interview aired last night that the effort to build up Iraq’s security forces and move forward with the U.S. drawdown plan there remains on track. The secretary noted signs of a possible turnaround in Afghanistan, as expressed last week at the NATO Ministerial in Istanbul by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander on the ground. “He thought the situation was still serious, but no longer deteriorating,” Gates said. “I think we are beginning to...
  • A stronger alliance

    02/08/2010 11:12:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 401+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 01/08/2010 | JoongAng Daily
    United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made some provocative remarks at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last Wednesday. He said that as the U.S. military is deeply involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will not be able to come to South Korea in a timely manner, and that the Navy and Air Force will fill the vacuum left by a delay in committing ground forces in Korea in case of an emergency. Under “Operations Plan 5027,” a scenario for a war of aggression against North Korea, Washington is committed to dispatching some 690,000 troops to the...
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies in Afghanistan

    02/08/2010 12:20:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/8/2010 | Fred W. Baker III
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Friday pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. “The United States will now do whatever we can within the limits of U.S. law, and as soon as we can, to provide as many surplus MRAPs as possible to allies, especially to those operating in high-risk areas,” Gates said at a news conference here after meeting with the defense ministers of 44 International Security Assistance Force partner nations. Gates promised to sell, loan or donate...
  • Fighter Gap ‘Shrinks’ To 100 Planes

    02/05/2010 1:15:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 678+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 1/03/2010 | Colin Clark
    The much-debated carrier fighter gap stretches about 100 planes wide in 2018. That is what Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today. That is less than half of the Navy’s estimate, given to Congress last year. The Navy has pretty much stuck with a figure of 243 aircraft or, as some lawmakers have it, 48 planes a year. OSD’s old PAE shop performed an analysis last year that concluded there was in fact no fighter gap, if you took into account capabilities beyond those planes based only on US carriers, but that study was never publicly...
  • 'India to be net provider of security in Indian Ocean, beyond'

    02/04/2010 7:56:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 305+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | 02/02/2010 | rediff.com
    Taking note of India's 'growing influence' in global affairs, the United States has said the country will be a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond with the growth of its military capabilities. "The distribution of global political, economic and military power is shifting and becoming more diffuse. The rise of China, the world's most populous country, and India, the world's largest democracy, will continue to reshape the international system," said the Quadrennial Defence Review report released by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. The once-in-a-four year report, which shapes the policy of the Pentagon for the next...
  • F-22 Or F-35: The Plane Truth

    02/04/2010 5:54:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies · 3,028+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. We may wind up defenseless and broke. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was supposed to be America's frontline fighter for the foreseeable future is in big trouble. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the general in charge of the program this week amid concerns of spiraling costs and program delays. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Daniel J. Crowley, one of Lockheed Martin's project managers,...