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Betting the Military Farm on an Uncertain Future


[...] if Gates has his way, the Army can kiss the major vehicular components of its Future Combat Systems good-bye, while ballistic missile defense advocates will have to settle for theater- and sea-based missile defenses in lieu of the Bush administration's "Son of Star Wars" land-based intercontinental missile defense program. [...] making no bones about his desire to reshape what he considers to be a deeply flawed Pentagon procurement culture that favors "exquisite" over affordable weapons and hypothetical future over actual current requirements, Gates promised a major overhaul of the defense acquisition system, including replacing more than 10,000 contracted personnel with fulltime civil servants by 2015.

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