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TerraN_EmpirE

Tyrant King
Just move all these big AWACS platforms to the 787 hull.. Problem solved!
E6B does the Navy version of the USAF E4B AKA Looking glass or TACAMO TAke Charge And Move Out. It's not an AEW it's a command platform. Originally the aim was to give that duty to the E10 but that was killed.
In the Event of Doomsday these were the birds where the last of the US Command and control would be housed.
 

kwaigonegin

Colonel
E6B does the Navy version of the USAF E4B AKA Looking glass or TACAMO TAke Charge And Move Out. It's not an AEW it's a command platform. Originally the aim was to give that duty to the E10 but that was killed.
In the Event of Doomsday these were the birds where the last of the US Command and control would be housed.
Like I said be it AWACS, jstars, AEW, looking glass etc they can all make use of the now proven 787 platform. I don't see why that can't be done for cross compatibility and cost sake.
 

TerraN_EmpirE

Tyrant King
well for one thing the 787 is still new and more or less not ready for military transisions yet besides Boeing is banking on 737 next gens
Their bid JStars is the the P-8 AGS based on a hybrid of the Boeing 737-800 and 900 models, this has the advantage of already being in us Service as the USN P8.
and 737-700 series is in US service as the C40 A/B/C versions. so you have an established logistics train add to that that the Boeing 737-700 has the E-7 Wedgetail and I think you see where I am going. Although this would likely be a step down for the USAF as there current TACAMO was the E4B based on the 747-200 same model as they built the VC25A on ( Air Force One). of course the other current wide body could also fit the KC46 based on the Boeing 767-200. and again history has the E767 for the JASDF although those were built of spare E2 retrofits that no longer exist.
 
now I read US House passes 2017 defense appropriations to uncertain prospects in Senate
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just two sentences here: "Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. The current stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government runs out on April 28, and to avert a government shutdown Congress would have to pass appropriations or another extension."
 

FORBIN

Lieutenant General
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Wow big PDF !

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Lakota cheaper :) a good helo for missions in CONUS replace UH-60 in Army National Guard right now 412 ordered 338 delivered also TH-67 to Ft Rucker for training, on GE u can see there 230 helos ! CH-47, AH-64, TH-67, Bell 206 and OH-58C !

a 13th San Antonio in this case the new variant.

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AIRCRAFT: The measure would provide $1.1 billion for the purchase of 14 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, while Lockheed would receive $8.2 billion for 74 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 11 more than requested by the Pentagon. A Lockheed unit, Sikorsky, also would benefit from the measure, with $1.1 billion for 61 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Meanwhile, Boeing would also benefit from $774 million for 52 re-manufactured AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and $190 million for five new Apaches. The measure also includes $187 million for 28 Lakota light utility helicopters made by
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SHIPS: The bill would provide $1.78 billion to accelerate the production of an additional LPD-17 amphibious ship made by
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; would add $433 million for an additional DDG-51 destroyer made by General Dynamics Corp. and Huntington, and would add $475 million for a third Littoral Combat Ship not requested by the Navy. The LCS is built in two versions by teams led by Lockheed and
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In a nod to the Arctic-- a strategic region where the U.S. competes with Russia-- appropriators also included $150 million for the advance procurement of materials for an ice breaker. The ice breaker would be operated by the Coast Guard, which isn’t covered by the defense appropriations bill.
 
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Blackstone

Brigadier
I hope Locklear's saber rattling (likely with full blessing of the Pentagon) on DPRK is just that, a big bluff, because if neocons truly want to manufacture a war, I'm sure Kim Jun-un would oblige.

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Former head of U.S. Pacific Command, retired Adm. Samuel Locklear, told VOA that the White House should not rule out the use of military force against North Korea in order to deter the growing nuclear threat from the latter.

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“Certainly there are many elements of national and coalition power that range from diplomatic to economic,” Locklear said, “but at the base of all of those would be military power that the U.S. and its allies must continue to consider, particularly when there remains a significant threat such as from what we see in North Korea.”
 
let's wait and see
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of the House Armed Services Committee thinks President Trump’s 2018 spending plan is dead on arrival and has already gone to the Budget Committee to get a much bigger defense budget.
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also doesn’t want defense increases offset by steep cuts to the Coast Guard or State Department, as Trump proposed.

Thornberry and his Senate counterpart,
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, had swiftly
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as too small to meet the military’s needs. Speaking to reporters late yesterday, Thornberry noted the flipside, that the offsetting cuts to non-defense programs are too big to pass the Senate.

“The administration put out a proposal that was, I guess, totally offset within the domestic discretionary budget,” Thornberry said, including cuts to the
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and State Department that make him uncomfortable. “I don’t think those sorts of cuts will happen.”

“This is a conversation,” Thornberry said, in which there’ll be lots of back and forth about the numbers. “My personal view is, you could make a case we ought to spend more on some domestic discretionary programs. But that should in no way limit our ability to have
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that fly,
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that sail, and forces that are ready.”

What about Trump’s proposed $1.3 billion cut to the Coast Guard, which would among other things cancel one “ship that sails,” a National Security Cutter already under contract?

“I don’t know how much this is a real proposal,” Thornberry said. “Obviously, the Coast Guard plays a significant role in protecting the country, so I don’t think we ought to be foolhardy about reducing it, just as I said last week the State Department plays an important role (and) we shouldn’t be foolhardy in reducing that.”

However, Thornberry was cool to suggestions that the Coast Guard’s
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be funded out of the
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. “We have to be careful,” he said. “I realize the security of the Arctic is an important national security issue, so having icebreakers available there’s some good arguments to be made there. We just shouldn’t underestimate the challenge the shipbuilding budget will have” just meeting the Navy’s own needs. The service’s official estimate is that the current fleet of 275 vessels should
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, an 80-ship increase that will likely take
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.

Nuclear Deterrence

In particular, Thornberry said, the budget must protect the Pentagon’s top-priority program, the
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. With the current Ohio class aging out of service, he said, “there’s no slack. You can’t be nickel-and-diming it.”

Thornberry also touched on the air and land legs of the nuclear triad, agreeing with the proposition that the US could accelerate the
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cruise missile for Air Force bombers or even create a ground-launched Army variant in response to
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of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. “Personally, I’d be willing to support any of those measures,” Thornberry said.

“You’re not going to get rid of a Russian capability by not having a capability of your own — there were too many negatives in that, but y’all know what I’m saying,” Thornberry continued. “They’re not going to stand down out of the goodness of their heart. (Back in 1987), the landmark INF treaty was possible only because we went through the political difficulties of deploying GLCMs (Ground Launched Cruise Missiles) and Pershing IIs (ballistic missiles).

Closer to home, Thornberry and Strategic Forces subcommittee chairman
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lamented the Air Force’s inability to
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guarding its ICBM fields.

“There is no good news,” said Rogers, speaking to reporters alongside Thornberry.” The Air Force is still not moving forward. (It’s) talking about sending out another request for proposals. It’s such as a disappointment. These are
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that have to be guarded.”

“And think how long we’ve been messing with this,” Thornberry added.

“The Air Force is just certain they’re going to be sued, and they don’t want to be sued, so they’re not going to do anything,” Rogers said.

Congress might address some of these nuclear issues in the forthcoming supplemental spending bill for 2017, which the White House will reportedly submit next week. Thornberry’s bet is the entire supplemental will count as emergency war spending —
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(OCO) funds — and thus bypass the
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on the base budget.

Given the pressure to pass the supplemental quickly, however, most of Congress’s chances to make changes will come in the regular bills for 2018. The House Budget committee has begun that laborious annual process. Last week, Thornberry and “virtually every Republican on the committee” signed a Views & Estimates letter to Budget chair Diane Black that called Trump’s $54 billion increase inadequate. (Thornberry toured Black around decrepit Army facilities just this week). The resulting $603 billion budget would be just 3.2 percent above Obama’s plans, and “that level of funding will not accomplish the Administration’s goals,” the letter says. “Instead, we fear it would unintentionally lock in a slow fix to
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, consistent with the Obama Administration’s previous position, from which we would not be able to dig out.”

The rest of the letter is a litany of global threats and US shortfalls. While it doesn’t recommend a specific figure, Thornberry and McCain have repeatedly proposed a
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annual budget.
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