U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced some of the details of his 2010 budget “scrub” Monday, promising to “re-balance this department’s programs in order to institutionalize and enhance our capabilities to fight the wars we are in today and the scenarios we are most likely to face in the years ahead.”
Gates proposals, which are sure to get Obama’s full endorsement, must also go through Congress. And Congress has a long history of resisting change, reversing weapons cuts and adding ships and airplanes to the administration’s plan. Gates’ budget kills the C-17 airlifter and the F-22 fighter (pictured) as well as all of the Army’s Future Combat Systems manned vehicles (apparently). Congress is sure to at least try restoring all of these programs to some extent.
“It is up to Congress to heed Gates’ call to place security needs over parochial interests,” says Danielle Brian, from the Project on Government Oversight.