Congressional Pressure Saves C-130J Program

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Bowing to bipartisan pressure from Senators, Congress, and Governors, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has decided to continue with the oft-criticized C-130J Hercules transport aircraft program rather than ending the 5-year, $4.1 billion contract with Lockheed Martin in FY 2006 as planned and cutting about $2 billion. "We believe it is in the best interests of the department to complete the multiyear contract... New information has become available regarding the contract termination costs..." said Rumsfeld in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee....

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