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Congress continues to fund Defense programs ignoring Secertary Gates…..

The Dog predicted this would occur…..

While he WILL get a few bucks cut here and there…..

Congress is simply not going to let Defense Secretary Gates turn off the tap of money for the nations military…

I have listed three examples of Congress going ahead with funding for projects Gates insists that he doesn’t want …or need…..

His problem is Congress signs the checks……he doesn’t…….

And programs produce jobs..which produce votes….

Despite the Pentagon’s continued resistance to developing a second engine for the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee’ seapower panel subcommittee markup of the 2011 defense authorization legislation again authorizes the Pentagon to move ahead.

The move “reaffirms the subcommittee’s commitment to the alternate engine program as the best insurance against spiraling development costs and contractor responsiveness for the primary engine,” said subcommittee chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., during the subcommittee’s May 13 mark up of the bill on Capitol Hill. Taylor said the continued development of the F136 will not reduce the Pentagon’s requested budget for the F-35…….


U.S. House Armed Services seapower panel chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., will work to insert language into the 2011 defense authorization bill requiring the U.S. Navy to replace every two warships it retires in the coming years with three brand-new ships. It’s a move designed to get to a 313-ship fleet.

“There have now been at least three [Chiefs of Naval Operations] who tell us that they need a minimum of 313 ships and yet they submit budget requests that don’t get them anywhere near that – in fact, this request would actually take us backward by about four ships if enacted,” Taylor told reporters May 13 after his subcommittee’s mark of the bill.


The U.S. House subcommittee that oversees missile defense programs voted May 12 to boost spending on them in 2011, disregarding the president’s February budget request and more recent warnings from the defense secretary that defense spending must be restrained.

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee added $361.6 million to next year’s defense budget to beef up ballistic missile defense programs. That includes $50 million for the Airborne Laser, a 15-year-old program so plagued by problems and delays that Defense Secretary Robert Gates all but canceled it last year.


May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , ,

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