F-35s are secure, already in the budget Dimascio 6/20 (Jen, writer @ Aviation Week, http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aerospacedaily&id=news/asd/2011/06/20/01.xml&headline=Lockheed%20To%20Pick%20Up%20F-35%20Overruns:%20SASC%20Bill) JPG
Fresh off a hearing about continued cost increases on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on June 16 approved a bill that would require the government to buy the next batch of aircrafton a fixed-price contract, requiring the Pentagon’s largest contractor to absorb any additional costs. “That’s really an overhaul of how we acquire large items such as the Joint Strike Fighter,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), committee chairman, told reporters June 17 in unveiling the markup.
House Republicans will not eliminate the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a $515 billion Pentagon budget for the current fiscal year that is due to be unveiled later Friday, a lawmaker who oversees Pentagon funding said. "The bill that we're going to deal with next week has the money in it," Republican Representative C.W. Bill Young, who chairs the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said of the engine being developed by General Electric and Britain's Rolls-Royce. The Pentagon has tried for five years to cancel the alternate engine, but lawmakers have refused to kill the program. Young's comments indicated that it will not fall victim to a Republican effort to slash roughly $60 billion from the budget in the current fiscal year, which began last October.
F-35 wont be cut – seen as key to jobs and protected in congress
The Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 road show, which stopped in Orlando earlier this month, may have helped the advanced stealth fighter avoid the budget ax in Congress. The country's largest defense contractor, which has a major presence in Orlando, sent a team of executives to some of its big operations across the U.S. in early June. Their mission was to demonstrate to government officials and others the military capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II and the program's multibillion-dollar effect on local economies. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed noted that F-35 work in Florida involves 8,700 jobs — including 525 in Orlando — and $800 million annually in economic activity statewide. The company's emphasis on jobs during the country's ongoing economic woes and high unemployment may have been heard on Capitol Hill, where many legislators have balked at the F-35's projected lifetime price tag of $1 trillion. Despite cutting more than $6 billion from President Barack Obama'sproposed military budget, both the Senate's and the House of Representatives' defense-spending bills include full funding — nearly $4 billion — for production of the first 32 next-generation fighter jets. Overrun risk shifts If Lockheed beats certain cost targets, the saving will be split between it and the Pentagon. If it runs over budget, by as much as 120 percent, the cost overruns will also be shared with the Pentagon. (Anything over that must be shouldered by Lockheed alone.)
F-35 wont be cut even if defense is cut
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' cost-cutting plan announced Thursday was not expected to affect the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from possibly coming to Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force in July picked Luke as its preferred site to train pilots on the next generation of war jets. Under Gate's Efficiencies Initiative that includes eliminating excess or troubled programs, the Air Force is expected to cut $34 billion in spending over five years. "We have not heard from our sources back in D.C. where (the Air Force's F-35 program) is in jeopardy of being eliminated or is delayed at this point," said Steven Methvin, Glendale's point person for Luke issues.
It seems rare when we can strengthen our nationaldefenseat the same time we're saving taxpayer dollars, but that is exactly what Rep. Eric Cantor has done, and the Times chooses to criticize him. By supporting a second F-35 engine, Cantor is promoting marketplace competition that will drive down production costs and increase the reliability of these jets by providing for a maintenance alternative. That doesn't even take into account the dangerous possibility of what could happen if these jets were grounded because there were problems with its only available engine. I'm all for cutting spending. It has to be done before we become another country on the verge of bankruptcy. But, we must maintain the readiness of all of our Armed Forces. There's plenty that Congress can cut. This alternative engine shouldn't be the place to start.
Defense—No Link – A2: “Ryan Wants Cuts”
Their ev is lip service – Ryan wont actually cut defense Yang 6/28 (Clement, epoch times staff writer, http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/congressional-republicans-open-to-defense-cuts-58382.html) JPG
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, also paid lip service to the idea that defense cuts should be on the table; his final budget proposal, however, failed to deal substantially with the defense budget and instead targeted entitlements, including Medicare.