Winslow T. Wheeler, Director of the Straus Military Reform Project, discusses Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s halfhearted fight against Pentagon waste, the expensive and poor-performing next generation of fighter aircraft, differing characterizations of US expansionism: evil empire or benevolent global hegemon, ever-increasing Pentagon budgets that paradoxically result in the worst equipped military in a generation and why US Navy surface ships are sitting ducks.
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Winslow T. Wheeler writes regularly for Counterpunch.org. He spent 31 years working on Capitol Hill with senators from both political parties and the Government Accountability Office, specializing in national security affairs. Currently, he directs the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington. He is author of Wastrels of Defense: How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security and the editor of a new anthology: America’s Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress.