MM11C should be a happy camper with this one.
Senators push for 12 more C-17 cargo planes
By William Matthews - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 29, 2009 8:18:38 EDT
The Pentagon says it has enough C-17 cargo planes, and the House and Senate Armed Services committees agree. But 18 senators have launched a campaign to add 12 Globemasters to the 2010 defense appropriations bill.
The planes would cost about $2.7 billion.
Senators led by Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; and Christopher Bond, R-Mo., want to boost the fleet to 225, mainly to preserve jobs.
“We are concerned that without additional funding, our aerospace engineering, design and manufacturing base will atrophy, putting at risk our competitiveness on the global market, our ability to address future airlift requirements,” the senators wrote in a letter to Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
They also said that with wars underway in Iraq and Afghanistan, “we do not see airlift needs abating anytime soon.”