The Pentagon decided to request the purchase of the Boeing F-15EX in the fiscal 2020 budget proposal instead of the Lockheed Martin F-16 or another fourth-generation fighter to maintain diversity in the industrial base, a senior defense official says. When the U.S. Air Force submitted its fiscal 2020 program objective memorandum in August, the document did not include a request to buy the F-15EX. The Pentagon’s cost assessment and program evaluation (CAPE) office added a request for ...

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