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Obama Calls Gates Announcement ‘Step Forward in Reform’

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 – President Barack Obama today called Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ announcement concerning Pentagon efficiency initiatives “another step forward in the reform efforts he has undertaken to reduce excess overhead costs, cut waste, and reform the way the Pentagon does business.”

In a written statement, Obama added that the initiatives “will ensure that our nation is safer, stronger, and more fiscally responsible.”

Here is the complete text of the president’s statement:

Today, Secretary Gates advanced our effort to invest in the defense capabilities that we need in the 21st century, while being responsible and accountable in spending taxpayer dollars.

I have long said that we need to change the way that Washington works so that it works better for the American people. That’s why we undertook the Accountable Government Initiative -- to make government more open and responsive to the American public, and to cut waste and inefficiencies that squander the people’s hard-earned money. This effort is particularly important when it comes to our national defense, since waste and inefficiency there detracts from our efforts to focus resources on serving our men and women in uniform, and to invest in the future capabilities we need.

Today’s announcement by Secretary Gates is another step forward in the reform efforts he has undertaken to reduce excess overhead costs, cut waste, and reform the way the Pentagon does business. The funds saved will help us sustain the current force structure and make needed investments in modernization in a fiscally responsible way. Change is never easy, and I applaud Secretary Gates and his team for undertaking this critical effort to support our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national security. These reforms will ensure that our nation is safer, stronger, and more fiscally responsible.

 

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8/11/2010 3:04:39 PM
WAYS TO SAVE MONEY: FOR 28 YEARS I HAVE SEEN END OF YEAR MONEY BLOWN MILLIONS JUST BLOWN BECAUSE IF IT WASNT SPENT THE BUDGET WOULD BE REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT REMAINING THE FOLLOWING YEAR HUGH WASTE!!!! I WORK FOR THE COMMAND NAVY AVIATION TRAINING (CNATRA). WE have five bases NAS PENSACOLA, NAS WHITING FIELD, NAS MERIDIAN, NAS CORPUS, NAS KINGSVILLE. WE TRAIN PILOTS. MILLIONS ARE WASTED BY THE TRAINING WINGS PILOTS GOING ON CROSS COUNTRY TRIPS. THEY FLY ALL OVER THE UNITED STATED AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TRAINING. THEY PERFORM DETACHMENTS THAT COST MILLIONS AND IT ISNT REQUIRED. THEY COULD CONSOLIDATE THE TRAINING AND CLOSE AT LEAST TWO BASES. THEY PERFORM NAVIGATION FLIGHT OPERATIONS (nfo) CARRIER QUALS AND WEPONS DETACHMENTS. SO MANY WAYS THEY COULD PERFORM THE REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO TRAIN PILOTS AND CUT MILLIONS IN WASTE. E-MAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE DETAILS
- Roger Strickland, NAS PENSACOLA FL

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