Defense budget changes raise questions and concerns
Lawmakers and industry executives began raising concerns this week about new Pentagon cost-cutting measures, saying the moves could have unintended consequences and might prove difficult to implement. Defense Sec. Robert Gates delivered "a brilliant preemptive strike that kind of frames the whole defense budget debate for Congress and for industry for fiscal 2012," said Byron Callan, sell-side analyst with Capital Alpha Partners. "But there's not a lot of detail on the cost savings and efficiencies, and Gates most likely won't be around when those efficiencies have to be delivered," Callan said.
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