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In Today’s News April 28, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Uncategorized.
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  • Ensuring that the U.S. military has the kinds of tools best suited to address the complex security challenges it is likely to face in the future is the task of leadership. However, with only a few weeks before Congress considers the fiscal 2010 defense budget, there appears to be a disconnect between the trends in our national defense strategy and the recognition by policymakers of the role nonlethal weapons can play in achieving those strategic goals.
  • Sadly, America’s defenses are festooned with programs that should be eliminated; however, killing them all off – many more than just five – will do very little to solve our problems. To fix the problem, we must first understand its basic nature:
  • Alabama’s two senators lifted their “hold” April 23 and the U.S. Senate promptly confirmed Ashton Carter to be new chief weapons buyer at the Pentagon.
  • The past three years have been rough ones for the world’s premier air force. The U.S. Air Force crashed a $2-billion stealth bomber and a couple $300-million F-22s, botched its handling of nukes and lost control of major acquisitions programs for new rescue choppers, new tankers and big comms satellites. Things got so bad that Defense Secretary Robert Gates sacked the air service’s senior leadership.
  • Pentagon officials kicked off the Defense Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and Nuclear Posture Review processes April 23 to determine what types of capabilities will be required to maintain U.S. national security now and in the coming years, senior officials said.
  • As part of his effort to make the Air Force a bigger joint player and ensure the service can play an important part in this age of hybrid warfare, Gen. Norton Schwartz, is considering the need for a light propeller driven aircraft for a strike role, similar to aircraft used against the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
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