posted on Feb, 13 2020 @ 12:40 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
And aviation takes a hit again. The Pentagon wants to cut F-35s, MQ-9s, C-130s, P-8As and
more to shift $3.8B to build the border wall.
Eh, according to the article, it's 2 F-35B's, 2 MV-22's, one P-8A (which is a POS not currently mission -capable), and four J's. All for this funding
year, which means the lines are still open to be funded next year. It's not a big deal to me. Probably saves money on the P-8 (the Navy lists as
excess to requirements). The others will get picked up in next year's budget.
The MQ-9's are stickier. Everyone wants more ISR, but arguably the best way to help alleviate the demand would be minimizing the areas we have large
scale deployments that are needing them. Judging by $1.6B cut from the Overseas Contingency funding, maybe that's (finally) the plan.
The pre-acq funding to the America -class line is going to end up being more expensive long-term. Probably a mistake. "Pay me now, or pay me later".
Personal opinion is the Speahead cut is probably a mistake long-term, too, but like the others it's relatively easy to fund next year, no-harm,
no-foul, and the Navy currently lists it as excess to requirements as well.
As a general rule, when Congress overfunds something requested, it's pork or corporate welfare.