November 3, 2010

IN CASE YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE SERIOUS ABOUT WASTEFUL SPENDING:

Defense Modernization, Missile Defense Will Be at the Forefront for House Armed Services Committee (JOHN NOONAN, 11/03/10, Weekly Standard)

It's safe to say that the big winners last night (aside from the GOP) were the Navy and Air Force. Requests to push the Navy's end-strength up to 313 ships will likely be viewed favorably by new Republican members, along with concerns about an emerging "fighter gap" as the F-22's production line winds down and the F-35's deployment date experiences further delays. The Air Force could see significant resources vectored toward upgrading its nuclear infrastructure, the condition of which was called into question after a severe breakdown in command and control systems last week. (Senator Barrasso from Wyoming has directly linked nuke modernization to the passage of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.) And missile defense programs, which have atrophied over the past two years, will be the beneficiaries of increased resourcing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2010 7:49 PM
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