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Pentagon May Scrap Jet Plans

Facing severe budget pressures, the Pentagon is developing plans to slash the Air Force’s two prized fighter jet programs, according to Defense Department officials and outside experts. Military planners are debating options to scale back the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the stealth F/A-22 fighter, as some defense officials question spending billions on weapons that have little use against terrorist networks and other unconventional threats. Such a move would be an enormous blow to the Air Force, which has spent years developing the two weapons to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets. The budget cuts could encounter fierce resistance from lawmakers, including some from California, whose districts would be hit hard by the economic repercussions. Full Story

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