The Pentagon’s Fiscal 2011 funding request continues—with far less drama than last year’s bloodletting—to rebalance defenses from high-end conventional systems to those suitable for fighting today’s wars abroad. The request signals a hard reality for industry regarding contract performance but contains a soft edge in the form of much-needed industrial base relief not seen in the first Obama administration budget last spring. There are also hints about what is to come in Fiscal 2012. ...

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