The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia The Commander in Chief might be right on this one. He wants to shift more defense money to anti-insurgency needs. We are faced with "asymmetrical" fights in which spendy weapons systems are no substitute for boots on the ground.
The proofs in the pudding will be
1) how the CIA is treated by this Administration. Our biggest lack is human intelligence and developing networks in hostile settings. Satellites can't give the kind of intel that is needed to interdict terror networks.
2) will the saved $1.75 billion actually end up in counter-insurgency development, or will the same Democratic Congress that sticks "Hate Crime" bills on the Defense appropriations legislation use it on pork for interest groups?