Rotorcraft were the root of some surprises in the Pentagon’s latest slew of selected acquisition reports, covering periods through December 2009. For instance, federal money for Army Apache Block III helicopters arrived so late in the budget process that it forced the program into a breach of the Nunn-McCurdy cost-reporting statute, triggering a mandatory review of alternatives. The unit cost for the program increased by 25.5-31.2%, depending on the metric, but Army officials tell us they ...

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