Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England penned an Op-Ed in the NY Times advising the new SECDEF on how to find some of the $400B in Defense savings that the President is looking for over the next 12 years. He urged Mr. Panetta to
Resist the temptation to quickly kill procurement programs and research and development activities. Nor should he make proportional cuts to programs across the board. History shows that this would result in a hollowed-out force that will embolden our enemies. It’s the easiest way to go, but also the worst.
England’s Five Point Plan Included:
- Cut the civilian workforce before the military. Shrink the Pentagon bureaucracy – cut 100,000 of the 700,000. No additional outsourcing to increase Pentagon efficiency.
- Increase defense sales to Allies to reduce unit costs and overhead while creating more jobs in the US.
- Put a moratorium on new procurement programs while increasing production on existing ones to complete them faster and cheaper.
- Adjust the “tooth to tail” ratio by reducing support personnel in favor of warfighters.
- Give Services and COCOMs more decision authority in acquiring weapon systems to avoid lengthy [JCIDS] requirements process and empower them to change features to save cost and schedule.