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Phil Ewing, Pentagon reporter for Politico
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American military involvement is likely to continue in Afghanistan even after the 2014 end of combat operations. He's in Afghanistan for two days to meet with troops, commanders and Afghan officials. Gates says the presence after 2014 will be a small fraction of today and the personnel will be trainers and advisers.
The chairman and the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee are determined to find a near-term way to pass a Defense Department budget, and not merely a continuing resolution, for fiscal year 2011, the panel's top Democrat said Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned against committing the military to big land wars in Asia or the Middle East, saying anyone proposing otherwise "should have his head examined."
Leaders of the Joint Forces Command in Virginia are planning to meet with contractors this week discuss what the command's closure will mean for their businesses. If all goes according to plan, the lights will be turned out at JFCOM for the final time in a little more than a year.
The Defense Department has requested enough money to put the Afghan national security forces in a good position to defend their own country, but the current level of funding for the effort is not sustainable in view of budgetary and other concerns, says Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said repeatedly over recent weeks that operating the Defense Department under 2010 funding levels represented a "crisis on my doorstep." Several Defense spending critics said the assessment was overblown.
Secretary Robert M. Gates is warning the continuing resolution means the Pentagon could run out of money before September 30.
Continuing to operate at 2010 funding levels under a continuing resolution would be a crisis for the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday. He made the remarks at a briefing detailing DoD's proposed budget for 2012.