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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 ^ | 6/5/2010 | Associated Press via
    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 ^ | 5/26/2010 |
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 5/11/2010 |
    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 ^ | 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...