[...] 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.
Betting the Military Farm on an Uncertain Future Richard Hart Sinnreich Army; Jun 2009; 59, 6; Docstoc pg. 24 Reproduced with permission of the copyright
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