Testimony on the F-22 Program
(Source: House of Representatives Air and Land Forces Subcommittee; issued Nov. 19, 2008)
The Air and Land Forces Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on the F-22 program on
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 – 12:30 pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open.

-- The Honorable John J. Young, Jr.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Click here for Young’s opening statement (6 pages in PDF format), on the HASC website.

-- Mr. David M. Van Buren
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management
Click here for Van Buren’s opening statement (3 pages in PDF format), on the HASC website.

Fighter's Funding to Be Issue for Obama (excerpt)
(Source: Wall Street Journal; published Nov. 20, 2008)
House lawmakers and the Pentagon's top weapons buyer squared off Wednesday over the fate of the U.S. Air Force's most advanced fighter, certain to be one of the Obama administration's first big decisions on whether to keep buying costly weapons systems.

The F-22 Raptor has become a focal point this year in the larger debate in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill over the future of the American military, which is still buying weapons systems with Cold War roots while engaged in manpower-intensive fights against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fighters, which cost at least $143 million apiece, became combat-ready at the end of last year, but they haven't been deployed to either country.

In a hearing on a defense program, lawmakers grilled chief weapons buyer John Young over his decision to disregard a congressional order to release $140 million in funding to build parts for what could be a new batch of airplanes. "The defense bill is not negotiable...and you will obey what the defense bill says, period," Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D., Hawaii), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Air Land Subcommittee, told Mr. Young.

Mr. Young said he believed that spending the money would "waste taxpayer dollars buying parts for airplanes that the next administration may not purchase." Mr. Young said his decision to approve $50 million toward four more planes is in line with the defense bill and gives the Obama administration options to decide what to do later. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the WSJ website.


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