The U.S. Air Force is requesting $102.9 billion for fiscal year 2006, up from $96.7 billion enacted in FY '05, which will include $11.9 billion for aircraft procurement. The budget includes $4.4 billion for the F/A-22 Raptor in FY '06, down from $4.7 billion enacted in FY '05. The money will buy 25 new aircraft and fund long-lead items for 29 more, according to an Air Force budget official. In a Program Budget Decision (PBD) signed late last year, Pentagon officials instructed the ...

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