The budget plans will give both Democrats and Republicans a sense of where the votes are and a road map for going forward.
F-35 jet: Defense Sec. Robert Gates, the Pentagon, the White House and Sen. John McCain all say development of a second F-35 jet engine is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
The House voted Wednesday to stop funding for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – a program Defense Secretary Robert Gates called 'unnecessary.' But his arm-twisting of Congress is far from finished.
In a hard-hitting speech Saturday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates invoked the legacy of Dwight Eisenhower in limiting military spending to what is absolutely necessary 'and not a penny more.'
Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled a budget Monday that seeks to gear Pentagon spending toward today's threats. It also carried a rebuke for the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which ran into problems developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Proponents of the plane had argued for preserving jobs in the name of national security.
Defense secretary applies lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan to new Pentagon budget.