Gates Warns Congress About Steep Defense Cuts

02.16.11 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  Defense Secretary Robert Gates is warning Congress to avoid cutting military spending too deeply.  Gates told the House Armed Services Committee, "We still live in a very dangerous and often unstable world."  He insisted that cutting more than the Pentagon has already proposed would leave the military with less flexibility in a changing world.  Gates cited a range of threats from militants to rogue states like Iran and North Korea, as well as China's increased presence in the Pacific.

The Pentagon has already unveiled 78-billion dollars in cuts over five years.  Its fiscal year budget for 2012 calls for 553-billion dollars in spending.  That's up 22-billion dollars from the level enacted for 2010.