Emphasizing immediate war needs over long-range, big ticket programs, House Armed Services subcommittees are authorizing money for more C-17s and engine upgrades for National Guard F-16s, while making cuts to the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) and several missile defense programs. The air-land forces subcommittee has added $2.4 billion to fund 10 additional C-17 cargo lifters while allowing the retirement of giant C-5 lifters for the first time in years, as House Democrats focus ...
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