Boy do I miss Secretary Gates (pbuh)...
I've said this a million times, but we need to focus on the current conflicts (and end them and not get into any more of them unless our national survival is imminently at risk) and keep personnel, while cutting R&D spending. We don't need "a leap ahead" defense policy. "Steady as you go" is all we need right now. We don't need to support an entire industry dedicated to war. The reason end-strength and personnel are cut and not R&D is this:
In large numbers, and with few rules, retiring generals are taking lucrative defense-firm jobs
See previous posts:
Republican hawks use sharp rhetoric to fight deeper Pentagon cuts
President Obama's Defense Cuts
Gates: The Pentagon's Accountability Cop
A Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars
"It's been like pulling teeth."