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Live blog: Mr. Gates goes to Fort Worth

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is hosting a “media availability” (aka press conference) in a few minutes from Lockheed Martin’s final assembly factory for the F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas. You can watch the press conference live here: http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/Gates has thrown his support behind the F-35, justifying his decision to close F-22 production after 187 […]

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Gates addresses Air University: the sequel

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a speech defending his budget recommendations this morning at the Air University at Maxwell AFB. It was the same event where Gates nearly a year ago launched his slash-and-burn campaign against entrenched USAF attitudes, saying that negotiating budgetary priorities with service leaders was like “pulling teeth”.

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Gates keeps F-22 options open

Secretary of Defense Bob Gates has made it clear that 183-187 Lockheed Martin F-22s are enough for him. Yesterday, Gates officially accepted the SECDEF job in the Barack Obama administration. Just a few moments ago, Gates was asked in his first press conference since that announcement about whether he’ll change his mind on the F-22. […]

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