Buckle up, budget briefings begin

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s budget preview planned for this afternoon sets the stage for the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget rollout and confirms a number of stories that Aviation Week and other publications have been reporting over the last month. According to his an embargoed copy of Hagel’s remarks that was provided to Aviation Week, the president’s budget would provide an additional $26 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015.
His briefing spells out a much-anticipated list of programmatic casualties, including includes the retirement of the A-10 fleet and of U-2 surveillance aircraft, a 24-aircraft cut in the number of F-35s purchased through 2019 and a reduction in UAV orbits. But on the plus side, the request also includes a whopping $1 billion for advanced jet engine technology. 
Included are links to some of AvWeek’s pack-leading coverage on the Global Hawk, missile defense Army aviation and more. Some of it is behind the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s subscriber-only firewall.

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