Gates Shakes Up 'Unfunded' Budget Ritual, Demands First Look at Service Wish Lists

By Jason Sherman / May 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has shaken up long-standing budget ritual that permits the service chiefs to present Congress with wish lists not vetted by the Pentagon or the White House. On April 21, Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, asked the service chiefs and two combatant commanders to prepare lists of high-priority items not funded in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2010 budget request ( DefenseAlert, April 22). The top brass have responded to...

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