05/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gates Revealing His Plans To Reshape The Military

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday will unveil his latest initiatives to reshape the U.S. military into a force better suited to today's unconventional wars.

Mr. Gates has warned for months that the Defense Department would face "hard choices," and he is expected to announce that several major weapons programs need to be cut or curtailed. His 2010 budget proposal is expected to be Mr. Gates's boldest move yet in reshaping the priorities and capabilities of the U.S. military. He has argued that the military is still too oriented toward fighting a peer nation like China and hasn't devoted enough resources toward preparing for irregular, low-intensity conflicts that he sees continuing into the near future.

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