House 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.