Gates: Pirate drama shows value of simple weapons

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the pirate drama over the last week helps prove his point about why the Pentagon should change its weapon-buying habits.

Gates says the Pentagon should make do with more affordable ships, planes and such that get the job done even if they are not perfect. Gates told the Air Force War College Wednesday that the successful killings of 3 Somali pirates last week shows that the military doesn't need a billion-dollar ship to chase down a group of teenage pirates.

Gates is touring war colleges this week, selling his plan to reorder the Pentagon budget. He wants to cancel some big programs and scale back others.

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