Austin sounds alarm on specific CR damages, previews new weapons aid to Taiwan

By Tony Bertuca / May 16, 2023 at 3:44 PM
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Senate appropriators today that a stopgap continuing resolution would seriously hinder key weapons modernization programs needed to compete with China, including a $9.7 billion pause in Navy shipbuilding. “Under a CR, we are prohibited from undertaking new initiatives, which effectively freezes our efforts to transform our military to meet the [People's Republic of China’s] challenge,” he said in written testimony submitted to the Senate Appropriations Committee . Specifically, Austin said, a CR would prevent the...

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