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Lawmakers Urge Pentagon to Continue Army Tactical Comms Funding

US-POLITICS-OBAMA-CONGRESSA bipartisan group of 71 U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers have urged the Pentagon not to shift funds from tactical networking programs to pay for war operations abroad, according to a DoD Buzz article.

Brendan McGarry writes that lawmakers sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressing support for the Army’s warfighter information network-tactical (WIN-T) and handheld, manpack and small form fit (HMS) programs.

According to the article, General Dynamics is the contractor responsible for the battlefield communications and radio systems.

“We understand the significant pressure being placed on the budget of the U.S. Army,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Nonetheless, WIN-T and HMS cannot sustain additional cuts — including cuts from reprogramming,” they added.

General Dynamics and a team of subcontractors went to Capitol Hill last month to lobby against the Army’s reprogramming proposal.

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