Pentagon Announces Command and Job Cuts, Warns Against Taking From Budget

August 10, 2010

US (ChattahBox) – The Pentagon announced a series of cuts today which they hope will give evidence that they are carefully using taxpayer dollars, while cutting unnecessary spending and allowing for important military updates.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that thousands of contracting jobs would be cut, with 10% reducing a year for three years, in order to reduce redundancies in the military. Some command posts would also be shut down, bases possibly closed, and generals asked to retire.

However, Gates warned against making any cuts to the defense budget in order to save money in a $1.4 trillion deficit, calling such a move potentially disastrous.

“My greatest fear is that in economic tough times that people will see the defense budget as the place to solve the nation’s deficit problems,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

“As I look around the world and see a more unstable world, more failed and failing states, countries that are investing heavily in their militaries … I think that would be disastrous.”

President Obama spoke out about the measure this week, saying that he hoped it would provide funds to further update and strengthen military operations and country defense.

“The funds saved will help us sustain the current force structure and make needed investments in modernization in a fiscally responsible way,” he said.


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