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The new US defence budget unveiled

From Asia Times:

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the United States’ much-anticipated new military budget on Monday, which aims to re-orient the armed forces towards irregular and counter-insurgency warfare while proposing cuts in several major weapons programs.

From Defense Industry Daily, details of the budget shakeup:

US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates did something unusual: he convened a press conference to announce key budget recommendations in advance.

…Gates’ announcement, made in the presence of Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright, USMC, aims to make significant changes to America’s defense programs. Several would be ended or terminated. Others would be stretched out over a longer period. Still others will gain resources. DID provides the roundup, with links to related articles that offer program background…

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