Gates to announce DoD cuts today

Well, we’ll see what gets the axe. I’ve mentioned a few programs that need to die, such as the EFV and the MV-22, and the F-35B.

Sadly, what is likely to happen is the worst possible solution, reduced procurement numbers and drawn out development. When you draw out the development and reduce the procurement numbers, you drive the unit cost through the roof. But some of the programs being looked at are politically attractive in terms of budget pork. Instead of a clean cut like a surgery, we get a slash that festers on and on.