Secretary Gates surrenders on military pay

Friday - 5/21/2010, 2:37pm EDT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen signaled Thursday that he won't let a pay raise for military service members derail this year's Defense Authorization Bill. But Gates said he will "strongly recommend" that President Obama veto the Pentagon budget if it includes an extra engine for the Joint Strike Fighter program and additional C-17 aircraft. The Washington Post reports that Gates is also ruling out the possibility of recommending a veto. ." A House panel last week approved a 1.9 percent pay bump for service members, 0.5 percent higher than requested by Obama.