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This article published on April 6 in the Washington Post goes back to the debate that divides the Pentagon in Washington: what the outcome of the Lebanon war in 2006?
Since the end of the confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, the Department of Defense has sent a dozen delegations to the Israeli army to draw all the lessons.
Does the U.S. Army need to prepare itself to conventional fighting or, conversely, to focus more on counter-insurgency?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with the support of President Obama, seems to be in favour of the second.
This is confirmed by an other article by Greg Jaffe and Shailagh Murray, the next day: Gates Seeks Sharp Turn in spending.
Defense Secretary proposes to stop the production of Air Force's F-22 fighter jet. However, emphasis will be placed on to develop a new generation of light armored vehicles, the development unmanned surveillance aircraft and battlefield sensors, increasing the number of soldiers of the Army, etc..
As journalist noted, this new policy will hurt the interests of several U.S. states where defense industries are concentrated.
Gates said he was concerned about the impact his changes would have on companies and workers, but he noted that many of the job cuts would be offset by increases in other areas.Read »