Rapid Fire 2011-07-02: France Signs Defense Deal with Indonesia
- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’sÂ first message to DoD staffÂ emphasizes the importance of discipline in the management of taxpayer resources. This will underpin the DoD’s commitment to preserving the ‘excellence and superiority’ of the military while looking for savings.
- Former Defense Secretary Donald RumsfeldÂ saysÂ that one of Panetta’s biggest challenges will be fending off White House and congressional initiatives to reduce defense expenditure. Rumsfeld also echoed former Defense SecretaryÂ Robert Gates’ opinionÂ that defense spending was not responsible for the budget deficit, before offering his own solutions to reducing expenditure.
- Russia’s Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, pours cold water overÂ United Shipbuilding Corporation’s claimsÂ that the country has plans to build aircraft carriers over the next 10 years. According to Serdyukov, the Defense Ministry has requested aÂ draft designÂ of an aircraft carrier to consider its ‘conceptual and technical solutions’.