Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thank you, Mr. President

This is only one small step towards taking government control away from,
the weapons manufacturers,
but it's a good start..........

Pentagon critic tapped to be weapons buyer

President Barack Obama has nominated Harvard professor Ashton Carter, a leading authority on arms control and a longtime academic, to serve as the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, the White House announced Monday.

The choice of Carter to run the office that oversees hundreds of billions of dollars for new weapons and research — and is the focus of intense lobbying by defense firms, retired generals, and members of Congress — sparked concern within the defense industry and parts of the Pentagon bureaucracy when it was first rumored last month, the Boston Globe reported in its Tuesday editions.

But that may be exactly what Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wanted, the Globe noted.

Unlike most of his predecessors, Carter has no professional ties to America’s arms makers or manufacturing industry, nor has he spent his career in procurement, according to the report. Instead, from his perch at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Carter has been criticizing the Pentagon for buying too much armament it does not need.

Advocates told the Globe that Carter was chosen because of his combination of technical expertise and knowledge of defense strategy. He served in a senior Pentagon policy post from 1993 to 1996. But as a relative outsider, the Globe wrote, the 54-year-old Carter should be better positioned to make what Gates has said will be "difficult choices."

"He is not being brought in to help the defense industry thrive," Loren Thompson, president of the Lexington Institution think tank told the paper. "He is being brought in to decide what we need and what we can do without."



At 2/26/2009 1:43 AM, Blogger landsker said...

A slow start, but at least it is a start.
The question being... what do you do with redundant weapon makers?
The other "third rail", would be the overseas bases and current wars, and what to do with a few million surplus aircrew, sailors and soldiers and their ships/weapons etc, etc. ;).

At 2/26/2009 6:12 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Well, this being a "free market" economy, redundant weapons makers should go the way of any other redundancy...out of business!
Close overseas bases? That will put a crimp on the local economies, but they'll just have to train their prostitutes to do something else.
Current wars? Ending those would definitely be different eh? The quiet could be hard to get used to, and what about all the spare time people would have since they wouldn't have to hide in bomb shelters anymore?
Surplus aircrews, sailors and soldiers? Put em to work turning dynamo's, we need the electricity!


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