His patience apparently exhausted by a series of Quadrennial Defense Reviews (QDR) that so far have each collapsed into interservice bickering and laundry lists of projects, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had his staff of senior Pentagon civilian leaders launch a preemptive strike on military planning. The resulting array of proposed cuts--which contractors and senior military leaders are sarcastically calling the Bush administration's Christmas gift--would affect weapons systems as ...

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