U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was not in the room when the Pentagon unveiled its first budget request under the Obama administration earlier today, but he did not need to be, as his fingerprints are all over its themes of reform and unconventional warfare, as well as its omissions. Those omissions include the absence of budget projections for the next five years. This is a budget for fiscal 2010 only, designed to start the Pentagon on its new path and carry it through to completion ...


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