F-35 inventory soars in new Pentagon spending bill

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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 11:41

F-35 inventory soars in new Pentagon spending bill
14 Sep 2018 Joe Gould

"WASHINGTON — Flying beyond 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters authorized by the 2019 defense policy bill, congressional appropriators are adding another 16 for a total of 93. [Is this what a death spiral looks like?]

Congressional conferees on Thursday finalized a $674.4 billion defense spending bill for next year packaged with funding for the departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, or Labor-HHS—and a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 for some other parts of the government.

As usual, appropriators used their annual defense spending bill to offer tweaks to the shopping list for military hardware in the annual defense policy bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law last month….

...The House and Senate are expected to pass the measure before the start of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, to avoid the optics of a government shutdown ahead of midterm elections in November....

...On the flip side, the bill includes language echoing the FY19 NDAA’s pause on sales of F-35 to NATO-ally Turkey, pending a new assessment of U.S.–Turkey relations. The move bucks Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who has warned this would cause an international supply chain disruption, as the aircraft is coproduced with Ankara...."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/20 ... ding-bill/
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 20:57

Soon, the haters will have to switch from "death spiral" to "pork barrel waste".... :bang:
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 22:33

You forgot "Still not 'really' combat ready till Block x" in which x will keep increasing.
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 23:16

House, Senate Reach Agreement on Fiscal 2019 Spending Bill
14 Sep 2018 Steve Hirsch

"...eight more F-35As..."

Source: http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... -Bill.aspx

Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered
14 Sep 2018 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it's on time. But in a budget this big, even the "small" items are billions of dollars, and there are plenty of devils in them thar details....

...Aircraft of all kinds were the overall winner this year, with the House and Senate agreeing to plus up everything from Army Apache helicopters to Air National Guard C-130 transports to F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. All three military departments – the Army, Air Force, and Navy (which includes the Marine Corps) – got more aviation funding than they’d requested in the President’s Budget submitted back in February. That’s particularly surprising because the Senate had wanted to cut Air Force aircraft procurement, not increase it, while the House wanted to boost Army aviation more than three times more than the Senate proposed. In the end, they compromised on a still-striking 13.7 percent increase for Army aviation, 5.6 percent for the Air Force, and 5.5 percent for the Navy (where the two chambers were within a decimal point of each other)…."



Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/09/air ... -hammered/
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