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Deborah Lee James: Long Continuing Resolution Could Delay 60 Air Force Acquisition Programs

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said more than 60 of the service branch’s acquisition programs could face delays if Congress passes another continuing resolution instead of a budget.

“We certainly hope a long-term CR won’t be the case,” she told a group of reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday.

“But we are hearing either a six-month or a one-year CR is at least a possibility, and I want to explain why this would be a very bad deal for the United States Air Force,” James added.

James and Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein discussed the state of the service during a press conference at the Pentagon and also issued updates on the operational and budget environment within the service branch.

She cited Joint Direct Attack Munitions, the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker and the B-21 bomber as among the items that would be affected in the event of a long CR.

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