A buddy just texted me tell me about a SECDEF proposal to scrap JFCOM.
JFCOM, or Joint Forces Command, is a governmental mammoth based in Norfolk, VA. I lived and worked in its shadow for over three years, and was never completely sure what JFCOM did.
Apparently, neither is Mr. Robert Gates.
I'm sure there are good reasons for saving JFCOM, and there are many good people among the thousands who work there and collect the $200 million in annual salaries. That said, there are also good people who pay taxes, and they have a right to demand accountability.
I'll admit there's a lot more I could learn about what JFCOM does, and who it benefits, but my first instinct is to applaud Mr. Gates, who is willing to do something extremely unconventional and unorthodox (to my knowledge, no SECDEF has ever proposed the complete shuttering of a major four-star command before).