Gates Takes Aim at Pentagon Spending

#1
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged some sacrosanct Pentagon spending practices in a speech on Saturday, directing both military and civilian officials to find cuts in their overhead and operating costs and then transfer the savings to the fighting force.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/us/politics/09gates.html

Is this another case of where the US leads, we follow?

msr
 
#2
Almost, but in our case it'd read:

"directing both military and civilian officials to find cuts in their overhead and operating costs and then transfer the savings to the welfare state"
 
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msr said:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged some sacrosanct Pentagon spending practices in a speech on Saturday, directing both military and civilian officials to find cuts in their overhead and operating costs and then transfer the savings to the fighting force.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/us/politics/09gates.html

Is this another case of where the US leads, we follow?

msr
There are also rumblings in DC that Gates has his eye on the USMC as well. We will see if he tries what has been tried in previous administrations, thus far without success.

Also this:

Gates: Define future role of Marine Corps

By John T. Bennett - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 8, 2010 15:33:54 EDT

FORT LEAVENWORTH, KAN. —Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants the Army to accelerate its top modernization program, and is challenging the Marine Corps to define its future role.

Last year, Gates terminated the Army’s Future Combat Systems program and directed the service to begin a new modernization effort. The service responded with a new program that’s slated to field the first vehicles in seven years.

That’s just too slow for the defense secretary.

Speaking to an audience here, Gates noted the Pentagon took the mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) program from an idea to full-rate production “in a year.” To Gates, that experience says, “we can shave a little time off” the post-FCS program’s time line.

He said he has been discussing just that with senior Army leaders.

Gates said he has been interviewing candidates to replace retiring Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway. His first question to them: What’s your vision for the future of the Corps? The question provides a window into the secretary’s thinking about amphibious operations. Gates said he is unsure just where American Marines would be asked to storm a beach in the future — especially as potential foes continue fielding more and more advanced weapons, like large stocks of missiles.

But Gates said that America “will always have a Marine Corps,” and “we will need some amount of amphibious capability.”

On shipbuilding, Gates cited his May 3 speech to a Navy League conference, saying, “They didn’t much like what I had to say.” During that talk, the secretary said the Navy must find a way to build ships more cheaply, while also thinking of new ways to use its ships against ever-more sophisticated foes.

Today, Gates said that the Navy will not reach its 313-ship fleet goal unless it cuts shipbuilding costs.

He also said he does not want a situation to occur where Washington “is dependent on a foreign shipyard to build U.S. warships.”

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/05/defense_gates_fcs_usmc_050710w/
 
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Archimedes said:
Almost, but in our case it'd read:

"directing both military and civilian officials to find cuts in their overhead and operating costs and then transfer the savings to the welfare state"
That is how it has always worked isn't it?

Leastways, I don't think I was ever aware of any Director actually being allowed to keep his savings - nor of those savings going anywhere but back into the Exchequer . . .
 

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