Tras Cumbre de la OTAN, lo que hay por GAO

1. Del Foro de las FAS extraigo, publicados por The Sun, artículo y video Los Royal Marines dando caña a los talibanes:"They killed 130 enemy in the daring raid on bases in the opium-swamped Marjah region of Helmand. Six-hundred commandos fought to the limit of their endurance — sleeping just two hours a night — to avenge the deaths of 32 comrades during their six-month tour".

2. De la misma fuente, repercutiendo a El Alijar, Tropas españolas en Afganistán, un fotomontaje de las acciones de la Compañía de Seguridad y Protección en QiN hacia septiembre pasado, incluyendo 'combate de Buzbay' de 29 de agosto, 12ª Compañía, Bandera 'Ortíz de Zárate', III de Paracaidistas.

3. El futuro de la OTAN: una oportunidad para España, hoy en ABC, 'tercera' de Aznar, y

4. Gates Planning Major Changes In Programs, Defense Budget. Proposal Said to Move Focus To Counterinsurgency Efforts, del sábado en The Washigton Post:

Gates's aides say his plan would boost spending for some programs and take large whacks at others, including some with powerful constituencies on Capitol Hill and among influential contractors, making his announcement more of an opening bid than a decisive end to weeks of sometimes acrimonious internal Pentagon debate.

Among the programs expected to be heavily cut is the Army's Future Combat Systems, a network of vehicles linked by high-tech communications that has been plagued by technical troubles and delays; with a price tag exceeding $150 billion, it is now one of the most costly military efforts.

Gates also is considering cutting a new $20 billion communications satellite program and reducing the number of aircraft carriers from 11 to 10, and he plans to eliminate elements of the decades-old missile defense effort that are over budget or considered ineffective, according to industry and administration sources.


Several experts said the Pentagon budget plan last year was an effort to force the hand of a new administration and stands as a textbook example of military service pressures that have driven the growth in recent years of the defense budget, which has more than doubled since 2001. The 2009 total of $513 billion -- not including special Iraq and Afghanistan war costs -- exceeds the combined military budgets of the next 25 highest-spending nations.

Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs GAO-09-326SP March 30, 2009

Highlights Page (PDF) Full Report (PDF, 190 pages)

No hay comentarios: