CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Upon his return to Washington on Saturday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expecting to propose changes in the defense budget based on his assessment of the American war effort & type of conflicts occurring in Afghanistan.

The proposal is facing scrutiny from opponents who say the spending plan goes too far in shifting money to unconventional warfare, leaving the U.S. unprepared for traditional warfare.  Some of the changes in question involve switching the spending from traditional vehicles like tanks, bombers and aircraft carriers to nontraditional technologies such as mine-resistant vehicles, surveillance drones and medical-evacuation helicopters.

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