Talking about CQ Politics | Gates Plans Big Shift in Defense Spending

 

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Talking about CQ Politics | Gates Plans Big Shift in Defense Spending
The Defense Department’s priorities in how spends its money and how it sets priorities is about to undergo a “fundamental shift,” with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates scheduled to announce his strategy on MondayThe fiscal 2010 funding choices in the announcement will represent the first major defense policy decisions of President Obama’s administration. Specific budget details are not expected until the first week of May, but Gates will make the unusual move of announcing several major program decisions weeks ahead of the budget release, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell. “These are not changes to the margins,” Morrell said April 3. “This is a fundamental shift in direction. And the secretary’s point of view argues for an unconventional approach in explaining that shift to the American people.”

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