August 9th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Gates proposes eliminating Joint Forces command

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

The current Defense Department budget totals more than $530 billion a year, and defense officials believe they need increases of 2 to 3 percent a year to sustain the force structure and meet modernization needs.

However, the economic recession caused the department to propose a 1 percent budget increase for next year, and the cuts announced Monday were intended to help hold down overall costs.

Gates acknowledged his spending plan was "politically fraught," and congressional criticism started before Gates even finished announcing the news.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    At least 500+ cold war era US military bases around the world are utterly worthless and should be shut down by the American government saving another 100 Billion taxpayer dollars. I would also urge Gates to close all overseas US Military Golf courses which American taxpayers are now being forced to pay for their hyper-expensive maintenance.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Willy Brown

    How about purging the ranks of those who are professionals at collecting welfare checks, unemployment checks, food stamps, medical care and social security benefits. I’m talking about those who are able to work but are being paid to stay on the dole. They in Washington, D.C. never talk about that do they…?

    August 10, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      Willy, you hit the nail on the head. This is where the real waste of our money is.

      August 10, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |