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Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be restructuring the Pentagon’s budget with a focus on the men and women in the armed services not on the production of ever more sophisticated weapons systems with whom we will have no one to fight and that frequently fail to perform properly in tests. Secretary Gates should be congratulated for his exemplary approach to reviewing the money pit known as the Pentagon.
From Government Executive.com
Gates said Defense had three main objectives: take care of troops; rebalance programs to adequately support the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and reform how the services buy weapons.
Among the most far-reaching changes he recommended were reducing the number of support service contractors from the current level of 39 percent of the workforce to the pre-2001 level of 26 percent and replacing them with full-time government employees.
“Our goal is to hire as many as 13,000 new civil servants in 2010 to replace contractors and up to 30,000 new civil servants in place of contractors over the next five years,” Gates said. By Katherine McIntire Peters
Our fellow citizens, the troops should always come first when the budget is being prepared. No weapons system can fly itself and no computer will ultimately be able to make the decisions that are needed in both peace time and war.
Note: For additional information on new budget read ” Pentagon To Hire Thousands Of Employees, Cut Contractors” Article see www.governmentexecutive.com
(Tomorrow we will show you how big the pentagon’s budget is in relation to the rest of the government’s expenses. BJHC)