A month ago I wrote the Bob Gates seemed to be taking on the Military Industrial Complex in a battle to create a military for today’s battles rather than refighting the cold war. Now it seems like that battle is heating up inside the Pentagon and the Congress.
One faction, led by a host of senior officers, favors buying state-of-the-art weapons systems that would be useful in a traditional conflict with a nation like Russia or China. The other side, which includes Defense Secretary Robert Gates, believes the military should prepare for grinding insurgencies that closely resemble the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of the old bulls in Congress who is fighting for more big weapons systems is John Murtha. I hope that guys like Murtha and Dingell understand that they just can’t sit and protect their old “constituents” (military contractors or automakers) anymore. In the new fiscal realities every single Pentagon program is going to have to be reviewed.