High-end and low-end U.S. Air Force programs are in line for scrutiny as Congress considers the fiscal 2012 budget request. Lawmakers already are facing the toughest budget negotiations in more than a decade, and the mood to trim the deficit is likely to remain. So at $718 million, the Air Force request to modernize the F-22 Raptor is a tempting line item in the Air Force budget. Even though Defense Secretary Robert Gates capped production of the aircraft in 2009, its acquisition ...


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