The Air Force is pushing to procure its next generation bomber using the same kind of rapid deployment capability it used for the MC-12 Project Liberty aircraft:
The effort will use “what we have determined will be a more streamlined management process going forward, where we are using the Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to [...]
SecDef is all set to rattle the china at the headquarters of a fully-functioning military force:
In a major break with tradition, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is planning to recommend that the president select a career aviator as the next commandant of the Marine Corps, a military official said Monday night.
If nominated [...]
Secretary Gates has chosen to exercise the authority given him by Congressman Todd Arkin (R-M0):
Today the Department of the Navy notified Congress of its intent to pursue a multiyear purchasing agreement for F/A-18E/F/G Super Hornets, in response to the so-called “Akin Amendment” that gave them the authority to do so. Congressman Todd Akin [...]
The Armorer says that Secretary Gates answers the question he himself poses:
I’ll just take this statement: “Can you believe it takes five four-star headquarters to get a decision on a guy and a dog up to me?”
And say – “Gee, Mr. Secretary, I can’t believe that a decision on a guy and [...]
In the spring of 2008 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was engaged in a simmering dispute with USAF leadership that, clearly considering him a member of a lame duck administration, openly disputed his position on the F-22 Raptor program. Gates wanted the service to focus more on armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used in the [...]
Congressional approval is required prior to authorizing a service to commit to multi-year procurement of major weapons systems, since it ties the hands of the legislature in future discretionary spending accounts. In early February of this year, DoD Secretary Robert Gates explicitly rejected multi-year procurement of FA-18E/F aircraft to bridge the Navy’s “fighter gap” [...]
Looks like there’s another seat opening up in the Pentagon:
The Pentagon’s top detainee affairs policy appointee has quit the Defense Department just seven months into the job, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
Phillip Carter, a former Army captain and Iraq War veteran, had been an outspoken critic of Bush-era war on terror detention [...]
We’ve spent so much time talking about buying General Motors, hurling billions at the banking industry and trillions at the economy while trying to determine how to pay for free health care that no one has asked how all of this is to be paid for. With the completion of the most recent Quadrennial [...]