07/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

National Guard: Gates Weakening Security

National Guard leaders from 48 of the 50 states sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Thursday warning that a budget decision made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates would weaken national security.

The adjutants general from the states, along with three representing U.S. territories, are challenging Gates's request to halve the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft program and transfer all responsibility to the Air Force, in a rare rebuke of the secretary outlined in their letter.

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