Gates' Memo Outlines DOD Efficiencies to be Implemented by September

In a memo circulated to senior DOD officials earlier this week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlines a series of cost savings and efficiency initiatives that will be implemented by September and save the department $13.6 billion over five years.

Developed by internal study groups formed last fall, the "Track Four Efficiency Initiatives Decision Memo" includes 48 pages of specific plans to save funds across the entire department. The memo outlines plans for disestablishing U.S. Joint Forces Command, eliminating personnel positions - including nearly 15 percent of the general and flag officer corps - and reducing overall contractor support.

Under the plan, staff levels for the Office of Economic Adjustment are cut by $324,000, eliminating three civilian positions in support, overhead or low priority positions (see pg. 16). Other cuts of interest include DOD Education Activities (pg. 13) and activities of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology & Logistics (pg. 3). Read the full memo here.


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