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In Today’s News April 21, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Uncategorized.
  • For a fellow who spent only two years as a young officer in the Air Force, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is looking equal parts Clausewitz and Sun Tzu — two of history’s greatest military tacticians — as he unfolds his battle plan to remake the U.S. military.
  • The announcement by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to end production of the U.S. Air Force’s only operational fifth-generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor, and cap production at 187, should not be the end of the F-22. Its future lies in sales to important American allies: Japan and Australia.
  • Now, thanks to two new budget fights President Obama has recently picked, we are about to receive an in-depth lesson about the insidious reach of crony capitalism beyond Wall Street and Detroit.
  • When Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently unveiled his new military spending plan, supporters hailed it as “revolutionary.” But others are suggesting that Mr. Gates’ proposal is not only shortsighted; it potentially jeopardizes American security.
  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a direct challenge to the Marine Corps vision of amphibious warfare at the Naval War College today, saying the QDR strategic review will examine if the need to get large numbers of troops from ship to shore is “realistic” enough to warrant the Marine’s new and costly amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.
  • Q. How is the Army preparing and making adjustments for the 2010 budget?
  • Outgoing Pentagon acquisition chief John Young continued defending the much-maligned DDG 1000 program, saying on April 17 that a Navy analysis of next-generation ship needs endorses many of the attributes of the futuristic destroyer.
  • Wrapping up a week of visits to military colleges to promote his fiscal 2010 defense budget proposal, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates today told officers at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., that the U.S. blue-water fleet and the overall strategy behind the kinds of ships it buys must be re-examined.


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