Rumsfeld: Don’t Cut Pentagon Strategy Shop

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tweeted at the Defense Department urging leaders not to get rid of the Office of Net Assessment.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tweeted at the Defense Department urging leaders not to get rid of the Office of Net Assessment.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the latest to come to bat for the Pentagon’s internal strategy shop, which is said to be on the chopping block as DoD prepares to downsize.

Rumsfeld, the occasional tweeter, posted his support on Twitter on Saturday saying it would be a “serious mistake” to eliminate the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), which is at the “forefront of strategy [and] transformation.”

He also expressed his support for Andrew Marshall — who has been in charge of the office since the 1970s — and posted a link to last week’s Defense News story about DoD deciding the fate of Net Assessment.

Here is the tweet:

@RumsfeldOffice: Forefront of strategy & transformation @DeptofDefense for 40yr, to cut Andy Marshall & ONA would be a serious mistake

While there has been public support for ONA, others have pointed to the fact that DoD is in the midst of cutting 20 percent from its headquarters ranks and is reviewing all areas.

From a senior defense official:

“When reduced budgets drive you to cut twenty percent of your operations it makes perfect sense to evaluate a 1970s era office to ensure its meeting the needs of the 21st century.”

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