Gates Goes Nuclear on the Air Force

One fascinating second term subplot that will likely linger into a new administration of either party has been the high levels of conflict between Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and the Air Force brass, something kicked into higher gear today as "Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Secretary Michael W. Wynne were forced to resign Thursday during hastily arranged meetings with their Pentagon bosses." Moira Whelan has some useful commentary here and also see Robert Farley.

I suppose one can question his methods, but Gates is fundamentally right on the merits in his various disputes with the Air Force and nobody else has had much success in bringing the service to heel and getting them to focus on the realities of the post-Cold War world.