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White House Opposes Senate’s Army Tactical Network Funding Restriction Plan

The Trump administration has objected to a provision under the Senate’s proposed fiscal 2018 defense policy bill that would restrict all funds for U.S. Army battlefield network development efforts, C4ISRNET reported Saturday.

The White House said in a statement published Friday that implementing funding limitations to the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program would affect the Army’s on-the-move communications, intelligence analysis and air and missile defense operations.

The Senate’s proposed National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 does not include President Donald Trump’s $420 million budget request for the General Dynamics-led WIN-T program.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley voiced concerns over whether WIN-T can function as intended and ordered the service branch to review the program.

Several House and Senate lawmakers previously urged Milley to consider the implementation of a new procurement strategy that would accelerate fielding of the network.

The upper chamber aims to take up NDAA this week.

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