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Reforming the Weapons Budget


White House efforts to curtail military spending have had mixed results. Here are some examples

C-17 TRANSPORT PLANE

Lead vendor - Boeing; Status - Congress ordered 10 more at $250 million apiece, even though the Pentagon doesn't want them

F-22 RAPTOR FIGHTER

Lead contractor - Lockheed Martin; Status - Funding ceased for additional F-22s, a stealth jet ill-equipped for anti-insurgency fighting

F-35 FIGHTER `ALTERNATE ENGINE'

Lead contractors - GE and Rolls-Royce; Status - Pentagon doesn't want the engine; Congress has allocated $560 million for it anyway

FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEMS FOR INFANTRY

Lead contractor - Boeing; Status - The army modernization program was reined in and restructured by the Pentagon

VH-71 HELICOPTER

Lead contractor - Lockheed Martin; Status - Pentagon canceled the next-generation Presidential aircraft, which would have cost $400 million each


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