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Gates Calls for Significant Cuts in Overhead

ABILENE, Kan. , May 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending within the Defense Department.

In a speech at the Eisenhower Library here today, Gates called for a reduction in overhead for the department, and said he wants the department to take a hard, realistic look at what defense capabilities America really needs in the 21st Century.

The Defense Department must take a hard look at every aspect of how it is organized, staffed and operated, Gates said in the speech. Story

Secretary Thanks Spouses for Support

FORT RILEY, Kan., May 8, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with military spouses during a town hall meeting here. He discussed local school issues and healthcare before thanking the spouses supporting their soldiers. Story

Gates Notes Convergence of Warfare Types

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., May 7, 2010 - As the Army moves forward, differences between conventional and irregular warfare are becoming less important, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told students and faculty at the Army Command and General Staff College today. Story