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No more C-17s for the Air Force ?

from The Year in Defense

As government prepares for debate in the fall over the fiscal year 2011 defense budget, some observers believe that a Washington tradition – an annual budget slug fest over the Air Force's hefty C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter – won't happen this year. For the past several years, two successive administrations – both with Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense – have sought to end C-17 production for U.S. forces, arguing that the current "program of record" of 223 Globemasters gives the United States more of the big transports than it needs. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., supports the Obama administration view of the C-17 as expressed by Gates. more

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