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Gates: Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Pentagon correspondent Craig Whitlock:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the Pentagon will cut thousands of jobs -- including nearly a third of its regular budget for contractors and an entire military command based in Norfolk -- as part of an ongoing effort to streamline its operations and stave off political pressure to slash defense spending in the years ahead.
Gates said he will recommend that President Obama dismantle the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which employs 2,800 military and civilian personnel as well as 3,000 contractors, most of them in southeastern Virginia. He also said he will terminate two other Pentagon agencies, impose a 10 percent cut in intelligence advisory contracts and slim down what he called a "top-heavy hierarchy" by eliminating at least 50 jobs reserved for generals and admirals.
"The culture of endless money that has taken hold must be replaced by a culture of savings and restraint," Gates told a news conference at the Pentagon. "I am determined to change the way this department has done business for a long time."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 9, 2010; 5:37 PM ET
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Good maybe we can now get away from the way World War Two war fighting thinking now in 2010.

Posted by: bm66535 | August 9, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so who's jobs are we talking about? Is gates getting rid of watchdog sectors of the government, and making it easier to make moves without question. When ever there is a restructuring of a branch or sector of the government, every detail should be released to the general public. If obama wants us to believe he is working for the people, then we should be privied to every piece of that plan and it's correlating data.

Posted by: Sirhcmarak | August 10, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Getting ahead of things. There's a concept. For all the screaming about "smaller government" I don't hear much about creating efficiencies then downsizing. If Gates does it right he's my hero. Smaller without efficiency is idiotic. Let's see some downsizing of Pirate Wall Street C.E.O.'s while we're at it. The characters who gave them their no strings attached 700 billion dollar bailout (welfare) check should be downsized and kicked out the door as well.

Posted by: TheBigPicture1 | August 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em, Gates. Kudos to the Obama Administration for going where the money is.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 10, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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