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i NWS Feb. 8, 1991 3 Hilltop Times Bcsdgjefl. Continued from Pag 1 Tactical fighter wings will be reduced from 36 to 26 by the end of fiscal 1995. Major program changes include the termination of fighter production after 1993, and canceling 1991 the Peacekeeper missile production. New funding for fiscal 1992-9will allow modernization of U.S. tactical air forces to continue with procurement of fighters, transports and AMRAAM missiles. The next generation of air superiority fighter F-1- 6 3 F-1- 6 C-13- 0 the Advanced Tactical Fighter-contin- ues in development as does the program. The request for the strategic transport includes six aircraft in 1992 at a cost of $2.8 billion C-1- C-1- 7 7 and 12 planes in 1993 for $4.2 billion. "It's very, very important that we bring on that next generation of our basic strategic lift capabiliis that capaty," Secretary Cheney,said. "The bility and the program is an extremely important one, a very high priority for us." Funding levels for the DOD in fiscal 1992 is divided as follows: operations and maintenance, $86.5 billion; military personnel, $78 billion; procurement, $63.4 billion; research and development, $39.9 billion; military construction, $4.5 billion; family housing, $3.6 billion; and other expenditures, $2.3 billion. The appropriations for military construction totals $15.4 billion and includes almost 800 construction projects at more than 400 locations. C-1- 7 The Strategic Defense Initiative is being reorientbudget request, but savings of $150 million in fiscal 1992 and $735 million in fiscal 1993 are includ- ed to provide global protection against limited baled in its legislative contingency account. listic missile strikes. This reorientation will make CounDefense a Maintenance Additionally, possible major savings, about 20 percent over the Depot cil has been established to provide recommendations next six years compared to the earlier plan, the Penon increasing the efficiency of maintenance depots. tagon said. These efforts include the under secretaries of each In fiscal 1992, $4.6 billion is requested for SDI and effi$4.9 billion in fiscal 1993. military department establishing management ciencies through enhanced competition and cooperThe success of the Patriot missile and the well as better utilization of the depots. stealth bomber in Desert Storm helps prove the ation, as B-and SDI. Although the reductions in the force structure Defense Department's case for the were planned before Operation Desert Storm, the new budget reveals a change to a smaller force, limited defense spending, but continued emphasis on "One of the lessons learned in the gulf has been strategic offensive and defensive forces. the enormous value of stealth," he said. "If anyone "Clearly the Persian Gulf has given evidence, once had any doubts about stealth, they ought to look again, if it was needed, of the enormous importance at the performance of the fighter bomber that of our technological advantage in military capabilihas played such a crucial role in striking key targets ty'," Secretary Cheney said. in our operations against Saddam Hussein's forces." "A lot of people looked askance at what we've The stealth capability of the B-- is at the stage done over the years in the department with respect where the secretary said the United States can beto technology, but the capacity of the United States gin to reap the benefits of the investment by producmilitary to perform as we have after three weeks in ing more aircraft. Operation Desert Storm is directly related to our Secretary Cheney said recent developments in the technological edge, and that's something we abso- Soviet Union have been a sign in reduced militarilutely have to maintain as we look to the future." zation of Soviet society, but did not tie this assumpSecretary Cheney compared the current force in tion about a more peace-lovingovernment to the Persian Gulf as a ballpark reference to the reductions proposed in the current budget proposal. "The Soviet situation is important, because it's 521,000 active duty military people that will be cut as required by the budget. still the No. 1 threat we face in terms of "We now have slightly more than 500,000 U.S. strategic planning." personnel active and reservists deployed in the Although the DOD is pleased with the progress gulf," he said. "It is a force approximately that size that has been made in Soviet withdrawals from that comes out of our capabilities from the stand- Eastern Europe and reduced Soviet defense spendpoint of the active force over the course of the next ing, officials said "the jury is still out" on where the . five years." Soviet military is headed The defense budget for fiscal 1992 does not include The budget proposal takes the DOD down "as far will covered in of be which as we think it is safe to go under any circumthe cost Desert Storm, a supplemental appropriations bill to be introduced stances," the secretary said. in Congress. "We'll continue to deploy in Europe, but at lower If approved by Congress, the budget request levels; and retain the capacity in the United States would continue spending for four B-- aircraft in fis- to reinforce, and also deal with contingencies cal 1992 with seven Stealth bombers in fiscal 1993. overseas." F-11- 7 2 Sieallh F-11- 7 2 g long-rang- e Streamlining Streamlining of the military's base structure will continue with the elimination or closure of 86 domestic military bases and 139 overseas sites. In addition, five domestic bases will be partially closed and another 25 overseas sites will be drawn down. During 1991, a new commission will review Secretary Cheney's proposals for additional base closures and realignments and make recommendations for consideration by the president and Congress, the Pentagon said. 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