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Rep. Adam Smith: $26B Pentagon Budget Hike in FY 2015 Unlikely

BudgetHouse Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has said the Pentagon might be unable to receive a $26 billion budget increase in fiscal year 2015, Defense News reported Thursday.

John Bennett writes Smith has urged his colleagues to approve Pentagon’s proposed weapon program reductions, including the A-10 aircraft retirement, in a move to free up money for other technology purchases.

“If we don’t accept some cuts, we will put ourselves in an untenable situation … down the road,” Smith told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Smith estimates the cost of keeping the A-10 to reach nearly $3.5 billion beyond fiscal 2015, the report says.

Smith added that HASC is seeking $700 million to refuel an aircraft carrier and maintain the Navy’s carrier fleet at 11 ships.

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