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In Today’s News May 19, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in News.
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  • The U.S. Navy is required by law to file a 30-year shipbuilding plan to Congress with every Pentagon budget. It’s a way of helping guide Congressional decisions on what ships to buy to ensure that, decades from now, we have the fleet we think we need. But this year, the Navy didn’t submit a plan, in direct violation of federal law.
  • Some six weeks after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he was killing the vehicle portion of the Army’s $160 billion Future Combat Systems, service officials are poised to announce that the entire program will be broken up, Army spokes-man Paul Mehney said.
  • Nearly all work on the VH-71 U.S. presidential helicopter was halted May 15 as the Obama administration begins the search for a lower-cost alternative.
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