Robert Rogalski—Donald Rumsfeld’s director of security—said that the general public is not all that happy about government secrecy, and DOD should do something about it. He was speaking at a recent National Archives symposium. He said that there is too much subjectivity involved in the process of classifying documents and materials, and it makes DOD’s job easier if the American public doesn’t think bureaucrats are trying to hide behind secrets. The number of personnel authorized to classify documents has been reduced by 14 percent, he added and minimum training requirements have been put in place for the rest.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.