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Old 08-05-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Committee denies DoD request to cut UAV funds - Air Force News, news from Iraq - Air Force Times
Committee denies DoD request to cut UAV funds

By John Reed - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Aug 4, 2010 17:11:34 EDT

The House Armed Services Committee denied a recent Pentagon request to chop hundreds of millions of dollars from several key UAV programs.

The powerful committee ordered the Defense Department to keep $71 million for the RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic spy jet since the “program has been consistently underfunded in the area of spare parts,” according to a July 30 letter from committee chairman Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., to Defense Department comptroller Robert Hale. “The committee encourages the Air Force to obligate these funds as soon as possible in order to support ongoing operations in” Iraq and Afghanistan.

Air Force officials have repeatedly said they are not happy with the Northrop Grumman-run Global Hawk program because the per-plane cost keeps rising.

Northrop officials say the military keeps increasing the requirements while buying the UAVs in small batches.

The lawmakers also denied the Pentagon’s request to cut $68 million from the MQ-9 Reaper because “the Air Force has negotiated an option under an existing contract where these funds will be used to meet existing ISR shortages,” according to the letter. It does not clarify what the option is or what those ISR shortages are.
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The House Armed Services Committee denied a recent Pentagon request to chop hundreds of millions of dollars from several key UAV programs.

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All I can say is WTF? I can't respond intelligently to that statement.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:28 AM   #3
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Actually, I'm happy to see this. My job is to provide IT Support to the people who work part of the Global Hawk program here at Hanscom AFB. They are always complaining of stalls because of funding.. The article says the AF is unhappy with NG because cost per plane keeps rising. Well, if you want to constantly have the latest greatest technology, and be able to continuously research for even better UAV technology, this **** ain't free gentlemen.
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This is exactly why I'd cut the government, including defense, by about 90% if I were king. The military would only perform homeland defense unless war was declared, then we'd stand up to mobilize witn no ROE and kick our enemy's ass, come home, and cut it back to peacetime level.
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The UAV mission is going to continue to grow, and take up more dollars. This will mean that the AF will have to cut back in other areas, namely pilots, and other airframes.

The future of manned fighters is a gig question mark at this point with all the work that is being done by UAV's in combat ops right now.

It is not unreasonable to expect that the technology to have almost every mission done by an UAV of some sort is already being looked at. From fighters to cargo the majority of the manned AF could be going the way of the Dodo bird.
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Al I know is that I was in supply, and when I had to buy a box of toilet paper for my unit (back in '92) it cost my unit $60 for a box. That's not a typo.

I think they could handle much smaller budgets if government contracts weren't such a corporate/politician scam.
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Al I know is that I was in supply, and when I had to buy a box of toilet paper for my unit (back in '92) it cost my unit $60 for a box. That's not a typo.

I think they could handle much smaller budgets if government contracts weren't such a corporate/politician scam.
Amen to that man.. I see so much BS at my base it really drives me crazy.. One of these days, I'm going to have a book of BS to give the GAO...
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