Gates Terminates Future Combat Systems Vehicles

By Marjorie Censer / April 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates dealt a serious blow to the Army's top modernization effort this afternoon, announcing the termination of all of the Future Combat Systems program's eight manned ground vehicles, as part of his fiscal year 2010 budget recommendations to President Obama. Speaking at a Pentagon briefing today, Gates announced a "significant" restructuring of the program, which comprises various manned and unmanned sensors and vehicles tied together through a computer network. A basic principle of the program is that...

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