Gates would cut Joint Forces command from defense budget

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced some far-reaching proposals for restructuring the massive budget at his agency, including getting rid of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (Usjfcom).

The cuts could mean a loss of up to 3,000 jobs…

The funds could be used for providing 2 or 3 times as many useful, productive jobs.

“We must be mindful of the difficult economic and fiscal situation facing our nation,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon. “As a matter of principle and political reality, the Department of Defense cannot expect America’s elected representatives to approve budget increases each year unless we are doing a good job, indeed, everything possible to make every dollar count.”

Sounds like Gates is taking advantage of the opportunity to clear out bureaucratic dross. Guaranteed to piss off the pork brigade.

The proposal to eliminate Usjfcom, which is based in Norfolk, Virginia, met with opposition from both the state’s U.S. Democratic senators…

Eliminating Usjfcom is just one of a wide-ranging series of proposals presented by Gates. Others include:

— Eliminating some of the 65 military boards and commissions to cut the budget for them by 25 percent in fiscal year 2011;
— A review of all Defense Department intelligence to eliminate needless duplication;
— Reducing funding for service support contractors by 10 percent a year for each of the next three years;
— Seeking to stop “Brass Creep,” a term former Sen. John Glenn used for situations when higher ranking officers were doing jobs that lower ranking officers could handle…

Gates was adamant that the Pentagon must change its way of thinking about money.

And, uh, that means Congress might have to do the same.

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