Defense And Space Cuts Fill Deficit Reduction

By Bill Sweetman william_sweetman@aviationweek.com, Michael Bruno michael_bruno@aviationweek.com

A draft document issued by the chairmen of a White House-commissioned panel on reducing the federal deficit recommends scrapping the Lockheed Martin F-35B short-take-off, vertical landing (Stovl) fighter outright, along with the General Dynamics Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and curtailing production of the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey, all as part of a 15 percent defense procurement cut that only begins to try to help the U.S. rein in its budget deficit ...

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