Chuck Hagel may be the new U.S. Secretary of Defense if he wins confirmation.
If so, is he just another empty suit or someone who can really transform the DOD to make it:
1. Combat capable.
Currently, the U.S. Army has several defects such as basing a brigade combat team concept around the death-trap and unsustainable Stryker.
The future U.S. and U.S. Navy air power roadmap is in serious trouble with the junk that is the F-35.
The U.S. Navy has huge sustainment and combat-readiness issues with its fleet all while trying to put to sea bad ideas like the littoral combat ship.
The nuclear weapons deterrence community and industry needs a serious sustainment refresh with sound leadership and direction.
We have way too many flag-ranks and SES.
I don't have a problem with cutting the U.S. DOD budget. I have a problem with the U.S. DOD procuring failed weapons systems at the expense of combat readiness and...the defense of the nation.