Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Change I Can Believe In - Department of Defense Edition

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates took a hatchet to procurement with the F-22, C-17, VH-71 helicopter, the DDG-1000 Destroyer, Airborne Laser Missile Defense, and the Army's Future Combat Systems all facing major modifications or elimination.

Gates' recommendations for cuts in programs and changes in priorities for funding will meet a giant wall in Teh Congress... and I have little confidence that most of these boondoggles will get canceled... but it's at least an audacious proposal. Perhaps asking for so many cuts, he will at least get a few, but it also seems likely that the Military Industrial Complex will reject it completely and net us nothing.