Frank Kendall: Pentagon Eyes Tech Modernization Cuts for Fiscal 2017

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

The Defense Department looks to trim military equipment production, research and development programs during fiscal 2017 in a bid to maintain readiness levels and end strength, Defense News reported Sunday.

Aaron Mehta writes DoD officials have indicated they will make program cuts to manage a $15 billion gap between the funding level that the department sought and Congress approved for the next fiscal year under a budget agreement with the White House.

“The disproportionate hits on [2017] are going to be on modernization,” said Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.

“I think that will probably be more on production than R&D,” he added.

He told Defense News last week the department prioritizes the U.S. nuclear triad that will consist of Ohio-class submarines, intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range strike bombers in its new budget plan.

Mehta said DoD could target savings from efforts to procure military aircraft such as AH-64E, UH-72, V-22 and F/A-18 platforms.

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