Gates says spending cuts mean smaller U.S. military   2011-06-16 05:54:23 FeedbackPrintRSS

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates attends a Senate Defense Subcommittee hearing on Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Defense Department at the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, June 15, 2011. Gates said this would be his last appearance before Congressional committee before retiring at the end of June. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun) 

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday spelt out military spending cuts for the Congress, saying reduced spending will result in a smaller force that goes to fewer places and does fewer things.

In his last scheduled appearance before Congress before his retirement, Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee that the country must acknowledge and accept additional risk in exchange for reduced military spending.

If force structure is reduced, he said, the consequences are that a smaller military -- no matter how superb -- "will be able to go fewer places and be able to do fewer things."

"Our military must remain strong and agile enough to face a diverse range of threats -- from nonstate actors attempting to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction and sophisticated missiles, to the more traditional threats of other states both building up their conventional forces and developing new capabilities that target our traditional strategies," he said.

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