Obama Proposes Cuts to Weapons Programs in 2014 Budget

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The fiscal 2014 sent to Congress by the White House on Wednesday proposes cancellation of or cuts to several weapons programs.

The proposals must be approved by Congress, which has often reversed the administration's plans in past years.

Following is a list of programs the White House budget proposes to eliminate or truncate, and the projected savings:

  • C-130 Avionics Modernization, for savings of $208 million. The program involves upgrading the avionics of the oldest C-130 Hercules transport planes. The planes were built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing has been doing some initial upgrades. The Air Force had planned to launch a competition for follow-on work.
  • C-27 Joint Cargo Aircraft, built by Alenia, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica, for savings of $480 million. The Pentagon had already sought to cancel the program in fiscal 2013.
  • Cruiser modernization program, for savings of $562 million. The program involves modernizing the Navy's guided missile cruisers, updating computing infrastructure, hull, mechanical and electrical systems and improved weapons and sensor sets. The work was being done by a number of contractors, including the U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems.
  • Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned, high-altitude surveillance plane, built by Northrop Grumman for savings of $324 million. The Pentagon sought in its fiscal 2013 budget plan to terminate the Block 30 version of the unmanned plane, but funding was reinstated by Congress.
  • Joint Air to Ground Missile, being developed by Raytheon and Boeing, for savings of $214 million.
  • Joint High Speed Vessel, being built by Australia's Austal, for savings of $369 million.
  • Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance aircraft program, for savings of $115 million.
  • Sea-based X-band radar, or SBX, for tracking ballistic missiles, built by Raytheon and operated by the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, for savings of $132 million.
  • Standard Missile-3 Block IIB, a new missile being developed for the Pentagon's missile defense program for Europe. The Missile Defense Agency was due to select a single contractor to build the new missile in 2013. The cut would save $14 million in fiscal year 2014.