More tooth, less pork

The Gates defense budget looks pretty good.

New DoD budget in brief:

Less F-22’s, gold-plated Presidential helicopters, cruisers, amphibians, aircraft carriers, missile defense.

More Predator drones, intelligence/ surveillance/ reconnaissance, special forces, Army choppers, F-35s, F-18s.

You’d almost think that this budget was planned in the interests of national security rather than either defense contractor and lobbyist satisfaction or providing new toys for the boys.

So far, Obama’s decision to keep Gates is looking pretty good.

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Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com