After months of
bartering between the House and Senate Armed Services committees, a massive,
$585 billion measure that would authorize funding for the country’s defense for
the fiscal year that started Oct. 1 is finally available for public scrutiny.
It’s also a window into the weapons systems and geopolitical strategies that
Congress, as opposed to the White House, views as priorities.
Gordon Adams, a defense budget
expert at American University, said keeping the A-10 alive is business as usual
for both Congress and the White House. He said it does not represent the kind
of changes to defense spending both lawmakers and Pentagon planners say are
needed but continually fail to produce.
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