[From time to time, we depart from our regular schedule to launch a new question in mid-week to respond to breaking news. This is one of those weeks.]
On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates dropped one of his habitual bombshells when he announced significant cuts to his department's bureaucracy, most dramatically the dissolution of Norfolk, Va.-based Joint Forces Command. Any money saved on overhead would be reallocated to more pressing military needs, and most commentators consider Gates' move an effort to preempt actual cuts to the overall defense budget, which he has warned against. What is the ratio of programmatic substance to political symbolism in Gates' latest round of efficiencies? And are any babies being tossed out with the bathwater?