Kiplinger's focuses on six defense programs: Joint Strike Fighter, Maxx Pro (MRAPs), Littoral Combat Ship, missile engines, submarines and armored personnel carriers likely to be cut. Defense Systems in theBudget-Cut Crosshairs
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Defense Systems in theBudget-Cut Crosshairs

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

With a renewed focus on cutting federal spending and reducing the deficit, even defense spending is on the chopping block in Washington.

Most of the proposed cuts -- about $15 billion in fiscal 2012 and billions more in coming years -- will be in the form of reduced spending on weapons systems and other parts of defense procurement.

Even with the cuts, the Pentagon's procurement budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 will run about $95 billion – 56% more than it was 20 years ago.

Click on the navigation at right to see six systems or programs that are likely to be targeted, and the cities or regions where those cuts might be felt.

By Richard Sammon, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
February 2011


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