Defense Sec Gates Proposes Weapons Cuts

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The Obama administration says it wants to profoundly reform the way the Pentagon buys weapons and does business.

Bottom-line: It's proposing deep cuts to some big weapons programs like the F-22 fighter jet.

Click the player to watch the CBN News report followed by Pat Robertson's comments on Secretary Gates move to cut military spending.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the cuts Monday.

"This department must consistently demonstrate the commitment and leadership to stop programs that significantly exceed their budget, or which spend limited tax dollars to buy more capability than the nation needs," Gates said.

Critics argue the cuts are risky, saying now is not the time for America to be cutting back on national defense.

"I'm glad he shifted a lot of our resources to our current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those were very positive developments to talk about," said Pete Hegseth with Vets for Freedom.

"But it's dangerous to cut back on things we're experimenting on or different weapons systems we may need in future threats, so I don't think we should be tightening our belt on defense when we still live in a dangerous world," he added.

The big question now -- will Congress go along with the proposed cuts?

With rising unemployment and other economic problems -- many experts believe -- no.

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