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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:13 PM

Pentagon seeks to cut F-35s, other equipment to pay for Trumps border wall


Updated 2/13 at 5:25 PM EST with comment from the Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, largely from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, in order to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, according to a reprogramming request to congress obtained by Defense News.

Among the victims of the cuts: a mass of aircraft purchases including F-35 joint strike fighters, C-130J cargo aircraft, MQ-9 Reaper drones and P-8 maritime surveillance planes, as well as ground vehicles and naval priorities — choices that drew quick, bipartisan condemnation from key defense lawmakers as reports of the plan filtered out Thursday.

Overall, the plan would shift $2.202 billion in FY20 defense appropriations and $1.629 billion in FY20 overseas contingency operations funding towards the wall, a key priority from president Donald Trump ahead of the November presidential elections.

Air Force and Navy aviation spending takes the brunt of the cuts proposed by the Pentagon, with aircraft procurement going down by $558 million for Navy and Marine Corps and $861 million for the Air Force. Importantly, all of the funding decreases target items that were specifically added by Congress during the budgeting process, which could incur rancor from lawmakers.

For the Navy, the Pentagon would cut two of the six F-35B short takeoff and landing aircraft added to the FY20 budget by Congress and two MV-22 Ospreys, stating that “current funding is more than sufficient to keep the production line open.” It also seeks to eliminate funding for one of the nine P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft funded in FY20, stating that the additional aircraft is “ excess to the 117 aircraft required.”

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https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2020/02/13/pentagon-seeks-to-cut-f-35s-other-equipment-to-pay-for-trumps-border-wall/

Much more prudent use of taxpayer debt considering the F-35 is a POS.

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Da Mannn Feb 14 #1
RCW2014 Feb 14 #2
Da Mannn Feb 14 #3
RCW2014 Feb 14 #4
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RCW2014 Feb 14 #6
Dumper Feb 15 #7
AmandaCMatthews Feb 15 #8
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:11 PM

1. Priorities. The wall comes first. We can't trust your side to protect the USA

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:12 PM

2. "Your side"...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:16 PM

3. You have admitted what side you are many times.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:51 PM

5. not if you say something civil.

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:53 PM

6. As it may.

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 12:13 AM

7. Don't lefties say they're just pork barrels of $s?

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Response to Dumper (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:08 AM

8. They are. This is from last July...

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F-35 stealth fighter is still struggling with a string of big problems even as the Pentagon talks about ramping up production

America's most expensive weapon — Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter — is still struggling with a number of serious problems, such as destructive chain reactions triggered by a flat tire, a weird green glow on the helmet display that makes it difficult to land on aircraft carriers, and a loss of stealth at supersonic speeds.

Documents obtained by Defense News indicate that the US military's fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighters continue to suffer from more than a dozen issues that could potentially put pilots at risk or jeopardize a mission.

The F-35 program managed to cut the number of category 1 deficiencies down from 111 at the start of last year to 64 in May 2018 to just 13 as the aircraft headed into operational testing last fall. But some of the remaining issues are very problematic.

For instance, in cold weather conditions, the F-35 may falsely report that a battery has failed, a problem that has resulted in aborted missions.

When its hot out, older engines on the short takeoff/vertical landing variant sometimes have trouble producing the necessary thrust to keep the fighter in the air, leading to an unplanned a hard landing.

https://www.businessinsider.com/f-35-still-struggling-with-more-than-dozen-big-problems-2019-6

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 09:51 AM

9. Probably leftist operatives in the pentagon.

The law allows funds diverting from military construction projects- not weapons procurements.

But even if we get rid of 18 F-35's of teh 478 more expected to be bought, we are still th eonly nation on earth that has a functioning 5th generation fighter!

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