Gates Says Urgent Need To Cut Defense Bureaucracy

ABILENE, Kan. -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there's a problem in the military with bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals.

Gates says he's ordering a top-to-bottom trimming in search of at least $10 billion in annual savings needed to prevent an erosion of U.S. combat power.

In a speech at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in his home town of Abilene, Kan., Gates outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in Congress and the Pentagon.

In his farewell address to the nation in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously warned of the "grave implications" of having an enormous military and a huge arms industry wielding undue influence.

Gates said "Eisenhower was wary of seeing his beloved republic turn into a muscle-bound, garrison state -- militarily strong but economically stagnant and strategically insolvent."

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  • by Army vet on May 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    sounds just like clinton. we have two wars ongoing and the secdef wants to make cuts. he got his orders from nobama. i think he should be the first one cut. he is a hold over from bush. what does he know about running a military. gates and entire civilian leadership in dod and all military departments should be the first ones shown the door.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    If there is anyone that is against making cuts in the military with troop cuts, budget cuts or pay cuts it should be the Secretary of Defense.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    Obamas plan on making us a weaker country is getting closer and closer. If our defenses get cut, we are just asking for another 9/11.
  • by BoBo the 1 legged Clown Location: NC on May 9, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    When Clinton was President he cut the military to the point where we could barely do our job. Now another Democratic Administration that wants to cut the military. We are free because we are strong, cut the strength and watch the attacks grow. When you fail to learn from history you are bound to repeat it.

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