10 May 2010

Keep going, Mr Secretary!

I've admired Secretary of Defense Gates for quite a while. He's got guts and vision, and I like the way he leads. In recent days, he's been quite blunt about the need for fiscal constraint, a move I heartily applaud. Based on his statements, it looks like the DoD is going to do some belt-tightening in the relatively near future, on everything from weapon system development to organizational structures. That sounds good to me.

In fact, way back in Nov 2004, I said the DoD "has too much money," and that being overfunded is limiting our ability to innovate. But enough about me - let's see what Mr. Gates has been saying:

From NY Times article:
“Military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny. The gusher has been turned off, and will stay off for a good period of time." And this: "“How many of our headquarters and secretariats are primarily in the business of reporting to or supervising other headquarters and secretariats, as opposed to overseeing activity related to real-world needs and missions?” Mr. Gates asked."

An excerpt from the Wall Street Journal article:
We have to accept some hard fiscal realities," Mr. Gates told an audience of naval officers and defense contractors in National Harbor, Md. "We have to ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 billion to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines and $11 billion carriers."

No doubt he's going to get some heat for this, but I for one am completely behind him. It's about time for a little restraint.


Glen B. Alleman said...

It is changing. FCS for example. The SES for a major AF procurement "let go." Slow but changing.

Dick Field said...

Furthering Fisty Fastness, Gates IS keepin' on keepin' on. See his comments on the ground combat vehicle program at: http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=45237&dcn=e_gvet