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    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,000 people around Norfolk, Va., and begin to eliminate other jobs throughout the military.

    The announcement was the first major step by Gates to find $100 billion in savings in the next five years. Gates says that money is needed elsewhere within the Defense Department to repair a force ravaged by years of war and to prepare troops for the next fight.

    The plan prompted swift political pushback from lawmakers fearful that jobs would be lost in their districts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    The plan prompted swift political pushback from lawmakers fearful that jobs would be lost in their districts.
    Must be a good idea then.
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    money spent in the field is more important than desk jobs in and around Washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    money spent in the field is more important than desk jobs in and around Washington.
    USJFCOM coordinates activities between the different armed forces and provides C2 of combined joint operations. It's a critical combatant command, and it's far more important to the national defense than any of the stimulus projects that Obama flushed money down.

    This is a very bad idea.
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    If it carries the Obama label you don't want it on the table!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    USJFCOM coordinates activities between the different armed forces and provides C2 of combined joint operations. It's a critical combatant command, and it's far more important to the national defense than any of the stimulus projects that Obama flushed money down.

    This is a very bad idea.
    But keeping it does not buy him or the dems votes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    USJFCOM coordinates activities between the different armed forces and provides C2 of combined joint operations. It's a critical combatant command, and it's far more important to the national defense than any of the stimulus projects that Obama flushed money down.

    This is a very bad idea.
    Which is why it doesn't surprise me that they're doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    But keeping it does not buy him or the dems votes.
    And cutting it reinforces his leftist street cred.
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    Which is why it doesn't surprise me that they're doing it.
    I can't say that I'm disappointed, since I didn't have any expectations for this administration, but I will say that they do manage to apall me, even after I've thought that they couldn't do any more damage.
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    I don't know... USJFCOM seems like one of those bloated organizations that didn't need to be as big as it is. Hell, TRANSCOM doesn't have that many personnel directly assigned to it.

    Axing the whole thing, maybe not necessary, but it could definitely be pared down. If TRANSCOM, which arguably has a larger mission, can do what it does with fewer personnel, then why can't USJFCOM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    And cutting it reinforces his leftist street cred.

    I can't say that I'm disappointed, since I didn't have any expectations for this administration, but I will say that they do manage to apall me, even after I've thought that they couldn't do any more damage.
    You are talking about a man who pledged to unilaterally disarm while running for president - you do know that right?
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