QDR Spares Fighter Cuts, but Pentagon Still Considering Tactical Aircraft Consolidation

By Jason Sherman / January 31, 2006 at 5:00 AM
After months of scrutinizing the military's requirement for nearly 3,000 new fighter aircraft, Pentagon leaders had little appetite for targeting tactical aircraft programs to pay for other Defense Department needs, according to a senior defense official involved in the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review. The QDR report, due to be delivered to Congress next week, makes no cuts to the 2,443 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft the United States plans to buy for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and slightly...

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