WASHINGTON (AFP) - Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Monday said his recommended Defence budget would profoundly reform military spending, calling for cuts to major weapons programs such as F-22 fighter jets. If approved, these recommendations will profoundly reform how this department does business, Gates told a news conference. The Defence secretary proposed increased spending on surveillance, special forces and other resources for counter-insurgency operations like those in Iraq and Afghanistan while calling for scaling back major weapons programs, including new fighter jets and warships. Collectively, they (the recommendations) represent a budget crafted to reshape the priorities of Americas Defence establishment, he said. Gates said he would end production for F-22 fighter jets, saying there was no need to greatly expand the aircraft fleet beyond already approved production of 187. Meanwhile, Republican US Senator John McCain on Monday warmly welcomed Defence Secretary Robert Gatess plans for overhauling US Defence spending as necessary to blunt the emerging threats of tomorrow. I strongly support Secretary Gates decision to restructure a number of major Defence programs, McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement during a trip to Asia. It has long been necessary to shift spending away from weapon systems plagued by scheduling and cost overruns to ones that strike the correct balance between the needs of our deployed forces and the requirements for meeting the emerging threats of tomorrow, said McCain. Todays announcement is a major step in the right direction. I believe Secretary Gates decision is key to ensuring that the Defence establishment closes the gap between the way it supports current operations and the way it prepares for future conventional threats, said McCain.