Members of the U.S. submarine industrial base are seeking and winning visible support in Congress for protecting the military’s underwater programs – namely the Virginia-class submarine – as the Pentagon undergoes expected budget tightening. The House’s second-ranking defense appropriator, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), told industry backers visiting Capitol Hill this month that Navy procurement programs would not face the chopping block when Congress starts debating the budget in April. ...

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