The gifts that keep on givingnow
BIG WINNERS: The compromise bill is a victory for both the Navy littoral combat ship and F-35 joint strike fighter programs. In both cases, House and Senate negotiations went for the high end of proposed purchases. The bill pays for three littoral combat ships despite the Navy’s request for just a single ship and Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer’s insistence that no more were needed. The three-ship buy is not unexpected because Shelby’s state of Alabama is home to the Austal USA shipyard that builds the Independence-variant LCS.
LCS, F-35 big winners in compromise defense budget
September 14, 2018