Over the last two years, Secretary Bob Gates has courageously taken on wasteful spending, saving $400 billion in current and future spending. I believe we can do that again. We need to not only eliminate waste and improve efficiency and effectiveness, but we’re going to have to conduct a fundamental review of America’s missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world. I intend to work with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs on this review, and I will make specific decisions about spending after it’s complete.When the President of the United States announces a major cut in defense spending and “a fundamental review … of our role in a changing world” in consecutive sentences, other heads of government around the world will certainly take notice. They will then make adjustments to their own security strategies, adjustments which are bound to produce cascading consequences.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
speech yesterday on the U.S. government’s debt problem, President Barack Obama called on the Defense Department to make a bigger contribution to the solution. The president said,
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