Washington DC: President Elect Obama has informally asked his Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to think about how defense spending could be cut, without sacrificing military systems development, operational readiness and troop welfare.
The President Elect was quoted as saying "Mr. Gates will be doing this task on his own time, as we only have one president at a time."
Pentagon insiders are saying that "an old idea from the cold war era is being floated as a trial balloon." The idea is to reduce the world's overall military logistic support base of unique items by employing more standard items.
The USA, the Russian Federation, Chinese Peoples Army, NATO, Japan and the Eastern European countries would all use the same basic electronic components, military rations and other consumables. The increase in the number of multinational contractors competing to design and mass manufacture these common non-sensitive spare parts would reduce their individual costs.
A meeting will be convened in mid 2009 of defense officials from the USA, the Russian Federation, China, NATO, Japan and the Eastern European countries. The discussion will consider the feasibility of the participants employing common non-sensitive items. Iran was invited to the meeting, but only responded by calling the proposal a CIA/MOSSAD plot.