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House panel wants extra F-35 engine back

May 4, 2011 Defying both the White House and the Pentagon, the House Armed Services Committee is considering bringing back to life the alternate engine program for the stealth F-35 fighter jet. After years of wrangling with Capitol Hill over the costs of building and maintaining two different engines for the F-35, the...

In face of budget cuts, Gates still wants $35B Air Force tankers

April 21, 2011 The Pentagon has barely begun a comprehensive review to find $400 billion in security savings over the next 12 years, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said he remains committed to the Air Force's new refueling tanker and many other high-priced programs. But Gates also suggested the review, which...

Pentagon more likely to tweak than cut weapons programs

April 20, 2011 Despite White House plans to cut $400 billion in defense spending over the next 12 years, the Pentagon's No. 2 acquisition official said on Wednesday that he is reluctant to cancel weapons programs to find those savings. It appears the Pentagon will be more likely to scale back or tweak...

Pentagon investigation casts doubt on Rolling Stone's McChrystal article

April 18, 2011 Defense Department investigators say they couldn't find military officials close to Gen. Stanley McChrystal to verify inflammatory quotes and anecdotes in a June 2010 Rolling Stone article, casting doubt on the published comments that cost the Army general his job as the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan...

Events frequently overtake long-term Pentagon planning

April 14, 2011 As part of his sweeping plan to reduce the nation's deficit, President Obama on Wednesday laid out a long-term effort to carve an additional $400 billion out of the Pentagon's budget by 2023 -- a move that would mean more cuts than those Defense Secretary Robert Gates has already put...

Most cuts to Pentagon already were in the works

April 13, 2011 While other portions of the federal government got the ax, lawmakers took a mere scalpel to the Defense Department's accounts for the remainder of the fiscal year. They eliminated individual programs the Pentagon already agreed to cut and scaled back troubled weapons systems to help boost funding in other areas....

Shutdown would halt National Guard training

April 9, 2011 A government shutdown at midnight would deal Lt. Jonathan Bernstein a double blow. He's an Apache helicopter pilot scheduled to drill with his Pennsylvania National Guard unit this weekend, and he's also a freelance historian whose work requires frequent access to the National Archives. In the event of a shutdown...

Pentagon moves to stop work on second engine

March 24, 2011 The Pentagon sidestepped Congress on Thursday and moved to shut down work at least temporarily on the controversial alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But the years-long fight over the F-35 engine--an international market estimated to be worth $110 billion--does not appear to be over, as the...

Five days into Operation Odyssey Dawn, costs mounting

March 23, 2011 U.S. officials said on Wednesday that coalition forces have suppressed Muammar el-Qaddafi's air defenses, but his ground forces continue to target population centers in Libya, feeding concerns that the operation could ultimately cost the United States billions -- and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay...

Costs of Libya operation already piling up

March 21, 2011 With U.S. and coalition forces bombarding Libya leader Muammer al-Qaddafi's forces from the sea and air, the cost for the first day alone of the operation was well over $100 million with the total price tag expected to grow much higher the longer the strikes continue, analysts said. Operation Odyssey...

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