Defense spending critic Gordon Adams salivates:
[T]he White House is negotiating with DOD on a base defense budget number for FY 2012 which is below the number Secretary of Defense Bob Gates sought, when he wanted to hold the line at one percent real growth. DOD officials are suggesting privately that the reality is starting to seep in. Discipline is coming to defense and Secretary Gates' effort to hold the line is failing. And it will come in the framework of a broader effort at deficit reduction, one endorsed by a growing number of elected and former elected officials. ... I predict that over the next two years the politics of deficit reduction will move center stage in Washington, DC and "everything will be on the table."
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