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Pointers from the Pentagon

15 February 2010 14:17

In its intriguing analysis of last week's US$708 billion US defence budget proposal for 2011 (synopses here and here), the FT points to the fine line Secretary Gates is walking between crucial re-investment in the US military's human capital, funding the incredibly diverse procurement programs in each of the Services, and providing a focus on what is required here and now in current theatres – most notably Afghanistan.

This three-way dilemma should be familiar to analysts and Defence staff here in Australia. Meanwhile the budget increases for nuclear weapons and their control sysytems, and ballistic missile defence, may come as surprise to some.

Salient also, for Defence planners, analysts and industries involved in Australia's defence modernisation: the analysis of 'what's in' and 'what's out' among the various programs. It may not translate directly, but for those defence punters who have similar programs competing in the race for dollars here in the Australian stakes, it might be worth reviewing which 'horses' have been backed, and which haven't. Careful — there have been some scratchings!

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