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$2.6 Bn in Last-Minute Cuts to US Army’s Heavy Forces Biting Deep

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M1A2 Abrams TUSK(click to view full) describes the ripple effect spreading outward from eleventh hour cuts to the Army’s portion of the FY 2006 supplemental spending request, which stripped more than $2.6 billion for key improvements to Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, and other armored vehicle programs. It notes that these cuts will have significant effects, depriving the Army of key urban survival kits for its tanks, slowing modernization of the fleet and of a number of units, and driving up the price paid in the end while seriously disrupting production lines in the short term. These effects also highlight some of the points that Straus Military Reform Project head Winslow Wheeler recently made about the budgetary process. M1A1 Abrams According to Inside Defense, cuts included $588 million to produce 120 M1A2 SEP tanks for two enhanced brigade combat teams; $504 million for 210 refurbished M1A1 AIM tanks for three brigade combat teams in the National Guard; and $155 million for the Tank Urban Survivability Kit that was to be purchased this year and fielded to units in Iraq next year. The Bradley M2A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle program also took a $1 billion hit in the cuts, and programs […]

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