Defense Secretary Gates Says Air Force Must Step Up Efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — In unusually blunt terms, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday challenged the Air Force, whose leaders are under fire on several fronts, to contribute more to immediate wartime needs and to promote new thinking.

Gates singled out the use of pilotless surveillance planes, in growing demand by commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an example of how the Air Force and other services must act more aggressively.

Gates has been trying for months to get the Air Force to send more unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, like the Predator drone that provides real-time surveillance video, to the battlefield. They are playing an increasing role in disrupting insurgent efforts to plant roadside bombs.

“Because people were stuck in old ways of doing business, it’s been like pulling teeth,” Gates said of his prodding. “While we’ve doubled this capability in recent months, it is still not good enough.”

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Gates’ complaint about struggling to get more drone aircraft to the battlefield was aimed not only at the Air Force but at the military as a whole.

What in THE HELL, is this shit? God Damn it, WE were on the same side, at one time. I have nothing but respect for OUR military, but it seems that when some are “promoted” to Washington D.C., they join the 535 dullards we already have sitting on their asses and become bureaucratic assholes schoomzing, rather then taking take of our people with their asses on the line.

Stop this shit…NOW!

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5 Responses to “Defense Secretary Gates Says Air Force Must Step Up Efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan”

  1. Angus Dei Says:

    Dude, relax. This is the way it always is in wartime: SNAFU – Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. My dad was in the USAF for thirty years, and saw it all. Somehow, it always works out… just as soon as all of the right toes have been stepped on. That’s what’s happening here.

    That sound you hear in the distance is some Air Force General yelling at some Air Force Lieutenant General. 😉

  2. yojimbo Says:

    The SecDef can allocate whatever he wants, to wherever he wants it, in whatever amount he desires whenever he wants to.

    No man is an Island unto himself so stop asking for whom that bell tolls etc., etc.

    If he wants 100 drones in Iraq next Tuesday(assuming we have them in inventory)and they are not there then he needs to get his butt into another occupation.

  3. yojimbo Says:

    addendum ensues beginning….now.

    I just happened to think(whoa!) that one of my neighbors works in the Predator shop at D-M Air Base. I’ll have to ask him what the inside skinny on this is.

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Part of the problem is deeper, in that the USAF wants to be the boss of all UAV development. Officially they were told “no” last fall, but perhaps the word has yet to be absorbed. If the USAF is not careful, someone may suggest reexamining the Key West agreement.


  5. yojimbo Says:

    Another factor is the fact that the entire program is in transition. My neighbor is being moved from D-M here in Tucson to another base in California because his shop has been taken over by private contractors.

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