Defense Secretary Gates orders Navy and Air Force to study future joint weapons system.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the Air Force…

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the Air Force and Navy to study what future joint weapons system, available 20 years from now, will be able to surveil an enemy target, survive any electronic interference, and then deliver precision strikes from platforms that either penetrate the foe’s defenses or are launched from a distance.

That study’s results will help Gates shape the Pentagon’s requests for funding in the global strike area beginning with the 2012 budget, according to a draft of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the final version of which will be released Monday. The congressionally mandated review, done every four years, “clarifies the secretary’s priorities” and communicates his “intent for the next several years of the department’s work,” according to the document.

Read more of Walter Pincus article at The Washington Post.

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