Era Of Hard Decisions Begins As U.S. Defense Spending Stagnates

advanced battle management system
The initial focus of the Advanced Battle Management System provides an airborne communications bridge for the F-35 (left) and F-22 (right), but it eventually will expand to replace command suites on E-8C and E-3 fleets with automated systems.
Credit: U.S. Air Force/Jeremy T. Lock
Managing a flat or slightly declining budget is easier when the topline is over $700 billion, but some programs feel the pinch more than others. The U.S. Air Force’s requested $169 billion share of a...

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