In his first major public address, White House National Security Advisor James Jones described the Obama administration's still-evolving foreign policy approach as one that will be proactive while reaching out to other nations. On issues such as the proliferation of the world's most deadly weapons to how Washington should respond to North Korea's alleged nuclear test, Jones made clear in his May 27 speech that President Barack Obama intends to avoid the go-it-alone approaches often employed by the Bush administration. Jones Offers Glimpse of U.S. Security Policy - Defense News Russian arms export body Rosoboronexport is looking to offset its declining presence in traditional markets with a goal of "penetrating the markets of other countries", where the key competitor will be the United States. The comments (relayed by Russian state information service RIA Novosti on 27 May) came from Rosoboronexport executive Valeriy Varlamov, who argued that "Rosoboronexport's sales grow by USD700-800 million every year" and "despite the economic crisis the year of 2009 will not be an exception". Briefing: Can Russia take on US in global market? On Monday, Gates announced that production of the F-22 would be halted at 187. That shouldn't be too controversial given that only 183 were ordered, but components for the Lockheed fighter jet are built in 44 states, giving it a great deal of political support. Gates also proposed scrapping new helicopters, next-generation armored vehicles for the Army and high-tech Navy vessels. At the same time, he would increase spending in other areas, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, F-35 fighter jets and special forces troops. The eminently sensible goal is to shift priorities to fighting insurgencies like those in Iraq and Afghanistan rather than continuing to pour money into systems intended for fighting conventional wars against great powers like Russia and China. Obama's defense cuts are just right - Los Angeles Times While it is obvious that President Obama is seeking out what I would call the approval of other nations to guide this nations defense policy, it is somewhat . given the deployment of US combat forces in two different A.O.'s, shortsighted on his part and dangerous to say the least. While I for one think it's high time that the DoD be held to some standard of purchasing, I do not think that means adding more waste to the system or for that matter cutting defense in a time of active combat. Further, given the recent actions of North Korea it should add another example as to why this nation should not be cutting it's defense. President Obama must realize that no matter how much he may wish it, there are nations out there that do not like the United States and no amount of talking or culture sharing will change that.