- Ending the F-22 program at 187 airframes. These are a perfect example of the military preparing for some amorphous far-off possibility of a threat. The F-15 and F-35 can more than fulfill the air-superiority role.
- Continuing the F-35 program. This is a much more flexible new aircraft than the F-22. Cheaper, too.
- More funding for veterans programs.
- Ditching the presidential helicopter program, which was on track to be over budget by 100%.
- Reducing the number of contractors in favor of civil service and military employees.
- And of course, acquisition/procurement reform. Let's hope that this is actually accomplished. I'm not really holding my breath. We'll see if Congress is willing to smack down the defense industry folks in their districts.
Monday, April 6, 2009
SecDef Robert Gates released the new Defense Budget today. Lots of good things: