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Secretary of Defense Gates' lecture, August 12th, 2010, at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco (Credit Photo: Cherie Cullen, DoD)

Secretary of Defense Gates' lecture, August 12th, 2010, at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco (Credit Photo: Cherie Cullen, DoD)

Gates Calls for Structure Review of Marine Corps “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered a thorough force structure review of the Marine Corps to determine what an expeditionary force in readiness should look like in the 21st century…. “The Marine Corps review is part of a much larger effort throughout the department to understand the world as it is today and what the military needs will be tomorrow. “‘All of the military services have been challenged to find the right balance between preserving what is unique and valuable in their traditions, while at the same time making the changes necessary to win the wars we are in and prepare for the likely future threats in the years and decades to come,’ the secretary said….” Read more.

The first Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite (Credit Photo: Lockheed Martin)

The first Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite (Credit Photo: Lockheed Martin)

U.S. Air Force Prepares to Launch First Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Satellite Developed by Lockheed Martin “The AEHF system will provide survivable, protected, assured, communications to the US government, warfighters and international partners, including the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. Building upon the success of the current five-satellite Milstar constellation, AEHF will provide 10 times greater total capacity and offer channel data rates six times higher than that of Milstar II satellites. The higher data rates permit transmission of tactical military communications such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data. “‘AEHF represents a new era of global protected communications that will provide significantly improved, assured connectivity to a greater number of warfighters,” said Mike Davis, Lockheed Martin’s AEHF vice president. “The team has executed a smooth and efficient transition to the launch pad and we look forward to achieving mission success for our customer….'” Read more.

Jon Watkins, Director of Missile and Munitions Solutions, shows BAE's latest work on the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System at BAE's location in Nashua (Credit Photo: Grant Morris, Nashua Telegraph)

Jon Watkins, Director of Missile and Munitions Solutions, shows BAE's latest work on the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System at BAE's location in Nashua (Credit Photo: Grant Morris, Nashua Telegraph)

BAE Works to Create More Precise Missiles for U.S. “In partnership with the federal government, BAE Systems has developed the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, a kit that transforms standard unguided rockets into precise, laser-guided missiles…. “‘This is something that we’ve been working on since 1996,’ said John Watkins, BAE director of missile and munitions solutions. ‘Its impact is significant, and it’s something that the war fighter has been looking for in the conflicts that we’re engaged in. And I would say it has tremendous potential in today’s market.’ “The weapon itself is small enough that aviators can carry three times more than before the technology was developed…. “‘All of the testing that we’ve done to date of the weapon indicates that it’s fitting well within the 2-meter accuracy requirement,’ Watkins said. ‘And they’re able to put this missile right on target….'” Read more.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (Credit Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via Defense News)

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (Credit Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via Defense News)

Gates Plans to Leave Office in Sometime in 2011 “U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Monday plans to leave office next year, saying he first wanted to make sure the start of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan is on track…. “Gates said it would be wrong for him to wait until January 2012 to try and hand over the reins as it could be tricky to “get a good candidate” in an election year when the administration might be voted out…. “Gates himself was first appointed defense secretary by former president George W. Bush and as a senior Republican figure has provided valuable political cover in President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration. “The confirmation of his planned departure comes at a critical time for the Afghanistan war effort with a surge of 30,000 more US troops due to swell American numbers to 100,000 in the coming weeks….” Read more.


U.S. Marines of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, depart a checkpoint and patrol back to Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, May 30, 2010. (Credit Photo: DoD/USMC/Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

U.S. Marines of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, depart a checkpoint and patrol back to Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, May 30, 2010. (Credit Photo: DoD/USMC/Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

Gates Unveils Budget Cuts to Save $100 Billion in Defense Spending Over the Next Five Years “Secretary Robert Gates said he plans to eliminate Joint Forces Command, reduce the number of generals and admirals by 50 and senior executive service civilians by 150, cut thousands of jobs of outside contractors working for the Defense Department and ordered a three-year freeze on the number of senior positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, defense agencies and combatant commands…. “Gates said that he was also freezing the number of internal reviews the department orders and will publish the cost of each review. He added the department will also be cutting the number of advisory boards it has. “In making the announcement Aug. 9, he said, ‘I believe that sustaining the current force structure and making needed investments in modernization will require annual real growth of 2 (percent) to 3 percent, which is 1 (percent) to 2 percent above current top-line budget projections. Therefore, in order to preclude reductions in military capabilities that America needs today and those required for the future, that spending difference will need to be made up elsewhere in the department….'” Read more. ———- ***Posted August 17th, 2010

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