Gates: Slash the ranks
I wasn't all that thrilled when Obama kept Gates on, but I'm liking that he's walking his talk on slashing Pentagon spending. I don't hate this at all.
Gates said he will recommend that President Obama dismantle the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which employs about 2,800 military and civilian personnel as well as 3,300 contractors, most of them in southeastern Virginia. He also said he will terminate two other Pentagon agencies, impose a 10 percent cut in intelligence advisory contracts and slim down what he called a "top-heavy hierarchy" by thinning the ranks of admirals and generals by at least 50 positions.Which of course means the fattest of fat cat military contractors are safe from the cuts. But hey, you have to start somewhere and cutting out a big chunk of the brass is a pretty good place to start.
The reduction in funding for contract employees -- by 10 percent annually over three years -- excludes those in war zones.