House and Senate negotiators have finalized a $618.7 billion defense policy bill for 2017 that increases funding for military readiness and higher troop levels at the expense of proposed plus-ups for fighter aircraft procurement. The massive 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) supports ongoing operations over new hardware, reorganizes the top weapons buyer’s office, and retains the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), senior staffers on the congressional armed services ...

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