Gates vs The Pentagon Bureaucrats: Game On

by Cameron Schaefer on May 9, 2010

“The private sector has flattened and streamlined the middle and upper echelons of its organization charts, yet the Defense Department continues to maintain a top-heavy hierarchy that more reflects 20th Century headquarters superstructure than 21st Century realities.”  - Defense Secretary Robert Gates, May 8, 2010

Sounds eerily familiar….

“Does the number of warships we have and are building really put America at risk when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined, 11 of which belong to allies and partners?  Is it a dire threat that by 2020 the United States will have only 20 times more advanced stealth fighters than China?”

No coincidence that his May 8th speech was given at the Eisenhower Library echoing the President’s prophetic  farewell address where he warned against the, “acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

See the rest of Secretary Gates’ speech here.  Well worth the read for anyone interested in seeing the brewing storm coming over Versailles on the Potomac.

Further reading:

“Gates Calls for Paring of Military Bureaucracy” – WSJ (h/t Timothy Thompson)

“America’s Defense Meltdown” by Winslow Wheeler

“Lessons in Unsustainable Futures: GM and the DoD”

“Rethinking the Military’s Organizational Structure”

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