Procurement: September 24, 2002


Budget Wars: Looking at the potential cost of another large-deck aircraft carrier, some in Congress are calling for it to be cancelled and placed by two or three smaller ships that would operate the short-take-off version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Meanwhile, the Air Force is pushing to buy more than the 339 planned F-22 Raptors, but fiscal reality is pushing the purchase down below 280.--Stephen V Cole




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