Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) said he’s had it with Pentagon leaders rendering major decisions about the size and shape of US armed forces without, apparently, the benefit of adequate data to back up their choices. Moreover, when members of Congress ask for data and explanations, they get evasive answers or none at all, he asserted. “There’s a lot of slow rolling going on . . . and it needs to stop,” Webb told defense reporters Wednesday in Washington, D.C. There has to be “balance” in the system between Administration decisions and Congress’ approval, said Webb. That’s why he said he has put a hold on Pentagon nominations until he gets some answers—specifically about the decision to axe US Joint Forces Command, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Va.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.